Village lost state road money
The Village of Marvin lost approximately $83,000 in state road money over the last year because of changes to state law.
North Carolina General Statute 136.41.2B was amended to say “no municipality shall be eligible to receive funds unless the municipality maintains public streets that are within its jurisdiction.” Unencumbered funds previously allocated shall be reallocated to eligible municipalities. the Village didn’t meet the deadline of spending the money by June 30, the last day of the fiscal year.
But Marvin still has $338,374 it must spend by June 30, 2012, and Tuesday, Dec. 13, the village council approved a modified plan to begin extending sidewalks farther along the Marvin Loop.
On interim Town Administrator Lisa Thompson’s recommendation, council members agreed to proceed with the sidewalk work in two phases, with work beginning as quickly as possible to extend the existing sidewalk on Joe Kerr and Marvin School roads.
The original project – with a budget of $370,358, including a contingency and administrative costs – called for adding 3,700 linear feet of sidewalk. Tuesday night Thompson recommended reducing the first phase by 990 feet, thus saving the village about $90,000.00 and allowing the work to begin.
If contractor Tarpon Construction doesn’t use all the money budgeted in the first phase, the village board could approve a second phase for more sidewalk, Thompson said.
Council members emphasized the importance of trying to spend all the money before June 30, so Marvin doesn’t have to return funds to the state again.
In partnership with Toll Brothers, the village already has constructed a paved walkway along part of Marvin School and Joe Kerr Road. Eventually, the village council hopes to complete a 4-mile pathway/sidewalk loop, using parts of Joe Kerr, Marvin School, New Town and Marvin roads.
Council member Ross Overby noted the existing asphalt sidewalk already suffers from cracking, which requires extensive sealing patches. He asked if engineers have done anything to address that problem with the next section of sidewalk.
The engineers are trying to address the cracking, Thompson said, by providing a 6-inch base, which is 4 inches deeper than the existing sidewalk.
Council member Lanny Openshaw also asked if project planners had considered adding borders on the new sidewalk, to prevent the edges from breaking or cracking. The contractor advised Thompson that borders best with concrete sidewalk, which would cost a great deal more.