County mulls lists for annual paving contracts|[3/25/05]

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 25, 2005

Lists of 27 roads around Warren County that might be repaved this year were considered by supervisors Thursday.

Separate lists identified roads to be paved with Mississippi Department of Transportation State Aid Division funds and with funds solely from the county.

County Engineer John McKee said the roads selected came from a master list of county roads that ranks projects based on traffic count, road condition and other fac tors, including cost.

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The six roads proposed to be paved using state money are portions of Tiffentown Road, Fisher Ferry Road, Oak Ridge Road, Old Highway 27, Tucker Road and Eagle Lake Shore Road. The estimate for those roads was $947,768.

The roads proposed to be paved with county funds are Bonelli Circle, Road Runner Street, Lo Sto Road, Penley Drive, Silver Creek Drive, Silver Creek Drive West, Rebel Circle, Rebel Drive, Deer Creek, Lillye Street, Robinson Street, Vann Drive, Strothers Drive, Winchester Road, Edinburg Road, Berryman Road, Funches Road, Mallet Road, Douglas Road, Vivian Evans Drive and Brabston Road. The cost estimate was $1,220,120.

Annually, supervisors have allocated a share of the funds received from locally imposed taxes on casinos to fund road paving.

District 5 Supervisor Richard George said previous boards had earmarked about 10 percent of the total for paving short, dead end, low traffic gravel roads. He asked McKee to study the master list with Richard Winans, road manager, and prepare a list of gravel roads the board could consider paving.

Also at Thursday’s meeting Jeff Burnett and Clint Grafton of the Vicksburg Soccer Organization and Jimmy Harrison, chairman of the Warren County Parks and Recreation Commission, met with supervisors to propose a concession stand for the soccer fields at the Clear Creek Golf Course at Bovina.

Burnett said Warren County’s soccer fields are the poorest in the area as far as amenities are concerned. Because of that, soccer teams from many communities don’t want to come to Vicksburg for tournaments.

Showing supervisors a drawing of a concession stand that had been built in Monroe, La., Burnett said what VSO would like to see built is a two-story 25-foot-by-30-foot building with a concession stand on the bottom floor and a meeting room and lounge on the top floor. They also would like to see an attached 18-foot-by-30-foot paved area with a roof.

He estimated the structure could be built for as little as $60,000 with some of the contractors contributing all or some of their time and labor at cost. The price could rise to $75,000 without the donated services.