Terrytown City Engineer Jeff Wolfe outlined the details of the projects slated for each of the plans. Wolfe said the plans were only preliminary and he requested council members to review the proposed projects as well as to offer any recommendations. Both plans are subject to council review, amendments and approval.
"My proposal ... would be to take the first project and complete it," Wolfe said. "My suggestion would be to prioritize the list." Later he said, "It's going to come down to how much money we have."
Currently, the street budget contains approximately $147,000. The one-year plan proposal lists four projects, with a combined estimated total of $200,000. The first project on the list includes miscellaneous street repairs, a driveway to the sewer plant, pavement and storm sewer improvements at Spring Valley and Woodley Park and pavement and storm sewer improvements at 48 Gary St. Project 2 involves concrete pavement at the intersection of the Bellevue Addition and Five Rocks Road. Project 3 calls for concrete pavement, curb and gutter at Martha Road and North 10th Street. Lastly, Project 4 is the chip sealing of Mobile Avenue and streets in the annexed addition.
The six-year plan also lists four projects for a total estimate of $285,000.
Project 1 is the construction of curb and gutter along Stable Club Drive. Projects 2 and 3 also have curb and gutter construction as well as the paving of parking lots at the Carpenter Shelter and the Hascall Shelter. Finally, Project 4 calls for the widening and the installation of curb and gutter along a 300-foot length of Terry Boulevard.
Utilities Superintendent Ken Furrey and Maintenance Superintendent Hugo Chairez offered to show any of the council members the locations in the proposal and to provide additional details about each project.
"If you have any questions, we can take you around and show you what we're talking about," Furrey said to the council.
Related to street issues, five residents of the Barbara Lane and Michael Street area voiced their views about converting Barbara Lane from a two-way street to one-way.
Furrey presented the idea informally to get public response to the idea. His concern was that snow accumulation narrowed the road to a point where two-way traffic is almost prohibitive.
Bob Rader said that it was true that Barbara Lane is narrow, but to change it one-way would add more problems.
"If there is just a little bit of ice, we can't get up to Michael Street," he said, adding that if Barbara Lane is changed to one-way, "You're going to put a lot more traffic on Michael Street."
He said that the intersection of the two streets is hazardous.
Steve Thrasher said he was concerned about where the idea for a change came from.
Furrey said, "I was just concerned about it. I just brought it up myself ... hoping you would come to talk to us about what is going on and what you thought."
Thrasher said the only safe way to exit Barbara Lane is at the Gary Street intersection because the intersection at Barbara Lane and Michael Street is so hazardous.
Amy Schlenker, who lives on Michael Street directly across from where Barbara Lane intersects with it, said she sees first-hand the problems of that intersection.
"We have people who floor it trying to get around the corner," she said noting the problems caused by the snow. "My husband's car has been run into twice."
Art Villar said that he has problems on Barbara Street because he has a small car.
"It's hard getting up that hill," he said. "If I can't get out one way, I have to back up and go out the other way."
"I didn't take out a tape measure, but don't know if it is any narrower coming up Barbara (Lane) than it is on any of the other streets when they're packed with cars," said Thrasher. "Because even coming down through here (Woodley Park Road) is a good luck kind of deal. We all know that."
At the conclusion of the discussion, Mayor Kent Greenwalt said while he thought Barbara Lane was narrower than other Terrytown streets, there was no need to take any action on the current traffic arrangement.
In other business, the council:
n Approved the appointment of Brad Van Pelt as council member to replace Lynda Morrison;
n Approved the appointment of Linda Green as the new Terrytown City Clerk to take effect at the February meeting;
n Authorized a Keno license for McSweeny's Pub.