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Meridian City Council prepares for new round of petition paving

By By Sheila Blackmon/The Meridian Star
Oct. 17, 2001
Meridian property owners' petitions to pave and improve their streets met opposition Tuesday from more than 40 other property owners. The clash occurred at a public hearing before the Meridian City Council.
Petitions for the city to pave and improve parts of several streets included almost 100 names but opponents say some people didn't realize the potential costs.
At the beginning of the hearing, Council President George Thomas of Ward 1 explained the process. He said only one property owner is needed to petition the city for paving improvements.
Thomas said the total feet of street frontage owned by petitioners and opponents will be tallied. To stop the project, people opposed must own at least 50 percent of the property along the street.
If the street is paved, Thomas said property owners will be charged $35 to $150 for each foot of property they own along the street. The city council determines the cost per foot, and whether property owners will pay all or part of the total cost. Property owners can pay the total amount up front or spread their payment over a 20-year period.
Thomas Smith of 2603 41st Ave. said he is against the paving of 26th Street from State Boulevard to 41st Avenue, one of the areas petitioned by others for paving.
He submitted 15 signatures of people who signed petitions, but had changed their minds. He said the signers did not realize they might be billed for part of the repaving.
Based on the tallies, councilmen could vote as early as their next council meeting on whether to pave some or all of the streets.
Sheila Blackmon is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. Call her at 693-1551, ext. 3275, or e-mail her at sblackmon@themeridianstar.com.
Petition paving:
The following streets were included in Tuesday's public hearing about petition paving:
Eighth Place from Eighth Avenue to 20th Street;
24th Street from Fourth Avenue to Third Avenue;
Seventh Avenue from 30th Street to 31st Street;
24th Street from Second Avenue to Old Marion Road;
31st Street from 10th Avenue to Fifth Avenue;
Sixth Avenue from 30th Street to 31st Street;
26th Street from State Boulevard to 41st Avenue;
23rd Street from 23rd Avenue to 14th Avenue;
38th Street from 29th Avenue to Gallagher Creek; and
The alley between 23rd and 25th avenues and Front and Fourth streets.

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