The city had received bids from Cummings Paving and Recycling, LLC, and also J. Carroll Weaver, Inc., for the task of reconstruction and rehabilitation of damaged and worn city streets in need of repair.
After careful review of the bid proposals, the council approved the bid from J. Carroll Weaver, Inc. The bid total from Weaver had the cost of the street repairs at $108,116.
Streets that are targeted for repairs this year are Elwood Street, Hopkins Street, Merchants Alley, Rubie Street, Terrell Street, and Yoakum Street..
“The money is going to go further; we’re going to get more streets done,” said Mayor Brent Houdmann of the council’s decision to choose the Weaver bid. “They sounded very knowledgeable. We have so much traffic due to the oil business now, especially on Elwood Street. We have so much traffic from the big 18-wheelers.”
City officials said that now that a bid has been approved, a start date for the repairs will soon be decided.
Also at the meeting, the council approved the resignation of council member Clarence Crawford. Crawford resigned on good terms with the city, citing increased work and career obligations and time schedule issues.
“I appreciate everything he did,” said Houdmann of Crawford after the meeting. “I know Clarence and he did great things for the city. There are times you have to make certain choices for your family, but we appreciate everything he did here.”
Houdmann stated that it is possible for the city to approve of a capable volunteer to fill the unexpired term of Crawford’s vacated seat.