Street paving project still underway

CJ-0923-HOULKA-Tower-2CHOULKA – Citizens of Houlka have seen an ongoing paving project become a nuisance but the Houlka Board of Aldermen said the paving company is liable for repairs and will have to fix issues of holes and erosion.

Public Works Director, David Ray, said the paving on Oak Lane sank and the company is responsible for digging up and replacing the pavement in addition to repairs and repaving on Haynie Street. Civil Concepts was awarded the bid and subcontracted it out.
Ray said the company approached him and asked if the city wanted to make the repairs, but he refused.
“They are going to have to dig it up and replace it,” Ray said. “They’ll have to find out what the problem is and fix it.”
Ray advised the city to hold the company responsible for any issues on the project before approving it.
“Even after it is finished, it’s still under warranty and then it’s on the company to fix it,” Ray said.

Cleaning up
The Houlka Board of Aldermen heard from Police Chief, Ray Laney, speaking as a concerned citizen, about issues he has noticed at the Houlka Community Center.
The Community Center is rented to citizens for reunions and gatherings and Laney said upkeep on the facility is not being maintained.
The board discussed making a checklist for renters and going to the center to make sure it is clean and in good repair before returning deposits. They also discussed setting up a community work day to clean the center and make minor cosmetic repairs. Laney offered to contact Sheriff Jimmy Simmons about possibly using inmate labor for the community work day.
No formal action was taken on the matter.

Signs of the times
Deputy Clerk Janie Tutor addressed the board with a request from local businesses to install advertising signs along the newly opened Tanglefoot Trail. Tutor is the town’s representative on the advisory board for the trail.
Tutor is to find out the rules and specifications for signage along the trail route from the trail advisory board and report back to the board before a formal decision is made.

In other business, the board
– Approved training in Pontotoc for police officers at $50 per person registration.
– Approved the Christmas parade date for Dec. 7 at 5 p.m.
– Heard concerns from Mike Kopp about housing the historic fire engine, “Pocahontas,” outside in the weather. Kopp said the engine should be housed inside to prevent wear. Alderman David Wiggs said he didn’t know of any money the city had that could be used to purchase a shed for the engine. City Clerk Gay Williams said she would check with County Fire Coordinator Jonathan Blankeship about possibly using rebate funds to construct or purchase a shed. No action was taken on the matter.

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