Lowell in line for second round of street paving

2014-01-02T19:30:00Z 2014-01-02T19:52:23Z Lowell in line for second round of street pavingMelanie Csepiga Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
January 02, 2014 7:30 pm  • 

LOWELL | The Town Council is paving the way for another burst of blacktopping streets after about $1 million in work done in early 2012.

Lowell Director of Public Works Greg Shook told the council Monday a list of 20 streets has been compiled to date. The roster comes from suggestions made by residents and observations by street department crews, he said.

Shook said he will forward the list to councilmen for their input, after which prioritization will begin.

Councilman Phillip Kuiper, D-5th, asked how many miles are covered by the 20 streets on the list.

Shook said miles have not yet been determined.

"Some are long streets, so we may not do them end to end," he said.

Funding for the paving became available after Clerk-Treasurer Judy Walters and a financial consultant suggested refinancing 2009 street bonds for current lower rates.

City Securities, Crown Point, had the lowest bid in December at 2.69 percent. The 2009 bonds were at 3.95 percent. That yielded about $500,000 for street paving after paying off the previous bonds.

The council also gave final approval to an amended 2014 budget, which included the addition of a special events coordinator. The position is expected to be filled by Town Administrator Sue Peterson, who retired and worked her last day Monday.

The council presented Peterson with a plaque and kudos.

"We rejoice in honoring an outstanding employee," said Council President Edgar Corns, R-5th.

He thanked her for her loyalty and dedication since starting with the town in 1998. He said she has "earned the respect and affection" of town employees and the community.

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