Emerald Drive

The approach to the Emerald Drive bridge is one of 16 streets the Benton City Council has approved bids for to be repaved.

In a special called meeting on Friday, July 31, the Benton City Council approved bids from Central Paving for three upcoming street re-pavement projects in the city. At its July 20 meeting, the council had approved not to accept bids from Ronnie’s Paving for $135 to $162 per ton.

Central Paving’s bid was $90 to $100 per ton.

The first project includes nine streets for a total of $57,500. Portions of these streets will be repaved:

• Tara Court

• Emerald Drive

• Emerald Bridge Drive

• Scarlett Drive

• Lacy Fay Lane

• Fernwood entrance

• Bethel Drive and Shelby McCallum entrances

• Birch Street end by Ky. 408

• Elm Street end by Ky. 408

• Riverside Drive

The second project includes four streets for a total of $113,700. Streets in that project include:

• King Street

• Walnut Street on the west end

• East 23rd Street

• Forest Drive and Sunset Drive

The third and final project includes Valley Road on the south end, East First Street and East Fourth Street for $26,900. The pavement will be 1½ inches thick.

Some of the monies for the repaving projects will come from a $100,000 payment form Benton Gas Systems which the gas company donates yearly. The donation is applied towards health insurance so deductibles and pricing does not have to be raised.

In 2020, the gas company donated an additional $100,000. According to Mayor Rita Dotson, it was decided to put the extra $100,000 towards paving because less funds were received by the state due to the COVID pandemic.

The council also held a first reading on a code enforcement ordinance. The ordinance creates a three-person board to enforce nuisances like tall grass and junk cars on personal property. The ordinance will repeal Ordinance 16-12-02.

Three members of the public — Laurie Wilson, Keith Travis and April Murphy — have agreed to serve on the enforcement board and will be responsible for appointing a hearing officer. The board will meet once a year in January, and the board members will be paid $50 per meeting.

Mayor Dotson told the council she had spoken to neighbors of the late Frank Nichols’ and they are requesting a road sign and rock be placed at Frank Nichols Park. The park is located at the entrance of the Country Trace subdivision.

The stone will be black to match the stone already on the property in memory of Nichols’ wife. The estimated cost is $365 for the sign and $1,000 for the stone. The funds will come from $50,000 that Nichols left to the city when he passed away to maintain the lawn and gazebo at the park.

In other business, the council:

• Approved to seek bids to evaluate the water towers located at the US Hwy 641 four-lane and Sailboat Lane. Both towers are overdue on being rehabbed.

• Discussed a complaint received regarding the amount of dust at the fairgrounds after events held by the Marshall County Fair Board.

• Discussed pool admission pricing for adults who must accompany children, but do not swim. Regular price is $5 per person.

• And, discussed a council member item brought before the council from Ann Riley regarding a decision the council made about a water leak at a recent meeting. Council members felt the resident still had to pay more on his water bill than he should have. City Clerk/Treasurer Beth Cooper will research the averages of the resident’s water usage and report back to the council with a more accurate number.