Street paving work could be weeks away
By By Fredie Carmichael / staff writer
May 5, 2004
Fresh asphalt could hit Meridian streets within weeks nearly nine months after city officials borrowed $6 million to repair and resurface roads.
Meridian city councilmen unanimously voted Tuesday to hire APAC Mississippi Inc. to do the bulk of the street work. Meridian borrowed the $6 million in August 2003.
Russ Anderson, who phoned The Meridian Star Pothole Patrol hotline last week, said the repairs are overdue. Anderson hit a pothole last year on 14th Street that damaged her car's rim and tire.
Ward 1 Councilman George Thomas said actual work on the streets could begin within the next two weeks. Thomas said today that he was "past ready" for the work to begin.
In Other Matters
After a five-minute closed meeting, Meridian city
councilmen voted unanimously to buy 40 acres of property at a cost of about $1,500 an acre near the city's training center on Sand Flat Road. Councilmen gave no specifics about the purchase, but said the land could be used for the future expansion of services and programs at the training center.