Dora, county to partner on paving section of Sharon

By RICK WATSON
Posted 9/19/18

DORA – The Dora City Council agreed Thursday to partner with the county in terms of paving a section of Sharon Boulevard.Mayor Randy Stephens addressed the Dora City Council meeting on Thursday …

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Dora, county to partner on paving section of Sharon

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DORA – The Dora City Council agreed Thursday to partner with the county in terms of paving a section of Sharon Boulevard.

Mayor Randy Stephens addressed the Dora City Council meeting on Thursday with paving projects he would like to see completed before cold weather and the rain later in the fall. Stephens said he looked at the budgets and looked at the list of streets that need attention.

He said to get the biggest bang for the city’s buck, he feels the best use of the funds is to extend the paving of Sharon Boulevard. Of the streets and roads that need work, Sharon Boulevard has the most traffic, according to Stephens. 

Several years ago, the county paved down to T.S. Boyd school, but there has been no further paving in that area.

“I’ve had conversations with (Walker County District 4) Commissioner Stephen Aderholt about this project and proposed that we pick up where the county left off,” Stephens said. Aderholt worked with the city and helped save some costs of the proposed paving. “Commissioner Aderholt went even further. He said if we’d pave a mile that the county would pave a mile,” Stephens said. These two miles would take the new pavement all the way to the city limits to the south.

Stephens said they wrestled with that section of road all last winter, patching potholes. The cost for a mile of asphalt with striping and reflectors is $100,000. He proposed to pay for the new project with $50,000 from the golf course fund, and the rest from the city’s funds. Stephens said the golf course has been very successful and he is in favor of utilizing some of the profits generated from golf customers to help with city projects. 

He said that if the council agrees, he could have people working on the project quickly. He thinks the project could be finished within two months.

A motion to approve the project passed unanimously.

 In other action, the council: 

· Heard Stephens discuss on the need for a promotional drone video of the Horse Creek Golf Course. He said he wanted to do a flyover of the course while everything was still green. Several companies submitted pricing for a produced video. Prices ranged from $750 to $1,000. Stephens asked the council to approve a budget of $1,000, with the money coming out of the golf course fund. The three-minute video will be displayed on the Horse Creek Golf Course website and the Facebook page. The council approved the request.

· Heard Stephens discuss the need to change the design of the Horse Creek Golf Course sign previously approved by the council. After consideration, the sign needs to be elevated an additional 2 feet for maximum exposure for the westbound traffic on the highway. The sign will be made of limestone and brick. The new design will be larger as well. The new quote on the cost of the sign is $13,487. The money will come from the golf course fund. The council approved the expenditure for the sign.

· Heard Stephens discuss the fact that the city park sign was about to fall down. He had asked a local business to work out some sketches of possible designs for the council to consider. He asked members of the council to help him work on a new design to replace the old one. The action was tabled to give the council a chance to consider the project.

· The public council meeting ended early to allow the city council members to meet in executive session about pending litigation.