Work on city streets was a topic for discussion at a meeting of the Loyall City Council on Monday. Mayor Clarence Longworth said he is hoping to get some help with repairs from the county.
“We were promised by our Magistrate Delbert Stephens he would blacktop Chad Street,” said Longworth. “He still says he’s going to try to get it done. If he can’t, we’ll have to try and patch it. We don’t have the money to do the whole street. We might have to throw some gravel in the holes because they are getting pretty deep again.”
Council member Trenna Cornett said she drove on the street recently and it was “like a washboard.”
Stephens was later contacted about the county paving Chad Street and he responded by saying, “If the money becomes available I’ll try to blacktop part of Chad Street down to where the city put a drain in.”
In other council business, resident Pete Vowell asked council members why employees from the city of Harlan were “drawing blue lines on his driveway recently.”
“That is one of the streets we are going to have to dig up and I needed to know where the utilities were in that area,” said water and sewer plant supervisor Mark Duff. “Work has been completed on a manhole located on Park Hill also. The amount of rain water on Park Hill getting into the sewer system decreased tremendously as a result of those repairs. We still have more work to do on another manhole in that area, and when the weather starts staying nice we’ll get up there and finish that up.”
Duff told council members there are several streets in the city, which will have “to be dug up” because of sewer problems. Two listed were Green and Callahan streets.
“In the month of March we made two trips to the transfer station where we hauled off 2.2 tons of garbage, trash, household items — whatever people threw out,” said Duff. “It cost us $104 for the two trips. We completed our PRIDE week and we only got $200 for the event this year. We spent that in four trips to the landfill, so everything else we haul off is on the city. There’s probably three to four more truckloads of stuff out there to haul off. We’ll get to it as quickly as possible.”
Longworth told council members James Hagy recently volunteered to serve on the city’s Board of Ethics, however, he was advised Hagy can’t serve because he is a council member. Resident Bill McFarland volunteered to serve in his place and if he is unable to serve Pete Vowell will replace him.
While giving her financial report, Treasurer Mandy Longworth told council members the city’s application for a fire truck grant had been denied.
“We haven’t given up on this yet,” said Longworth.
Council member Elvin Smith reported he had had complaints of “people driving throughout the city looking for scrap.”
“I think it’s getting out of hand with people going into residents’ yards,” said Smith.
“If they’re going to be in the city for this purpose they need to come by city hall and inform us,” said Mayor Longworth. “It’s trespassing if you are in people’s yards. If anyone sees this going on — call and we’ll send a policeman around to talk to them. Maybe that will control this a little bit.”
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