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Paving laid out in budget

August 26, 2010|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A preliminary list of streets that could see varying amounts of repaving work in the current fiscal year was recommended Tuesday by Martinsburg City Council's Budget & Finance Committee.

A final vote on the list will take place at City Council's regular meeting next month.

Projects eyed for completion depend on the outcome of an advertised bidding process and available funding.

City Manager Mark Baldwin said Tuesday that state and federal approvals required for using $251,820 in Community Development Block Grant money for repaving in lower to moderate income areas of the city may cause the work to be split between this fall and next spring/early summer.

City Council previously budgeted $400,000 in general fund revenue for repaving. On Tuesday, the committee recommended that an additional $50,000 in funds carried over from the 2009-10 fiscal year be added for repaving work.

The list of repaving/street repair projects recommended after City Engineer Michael Covell completed a review of street conditions are: Greenbriar Road from Rock Cliff Drive to the end, Meadowbrook Circle from Meadowbrook Drive to the end, Overlook Drive to Baltimore Street, Medical Court from Rock Cliff Drive to Tavern Road, Kilmer Court from Old Mill Road to the end, Lupton Drive from Old Mill Road to Tennessee Avenue, Hillcrest Drive from Mill Race Drive to Briarwood Lane, Mill Race Drive to Honeysuckle Drive, West Race Street from Red Hill Road to North Georgia Avenue.

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Also included are West Martin Street from Kentucky Avenue to Tennessee Avenue; Auburn Street from Race Street to Boston Street; Boston Street from Auburn Street to Randolph Street; South College Street from Stephen Street to King Street; East South Street from South Queen Street to Spring Street; Spring Street from Stephen to South Street; North Church Street from King Street to Race Street; South Church Street from Stephen Street to King Street; West Martin Street from Raleigh Street to Tuskegee Drive; Athletic Street at Woodbury Avenue; Jerson Avenue from Central Avenue to Rolling Meadows Drive; Jackson Place from Jefferson Street to Thompson Street; Jefferson Street from New York Avenue to Virginia Avenue; Buxton Street from Maryland Avenue to Raleigh Street; West South Street from Winchester Avenue to Faulkner Avenue and Berry Avenue from New York Avenue to Virginia Avenue. Additional spot repairs for Woodbury Avenue also made the list.

Aside from the additional money for street repaving, the Budget & Finance Committee recommended that 35 percent, or $519,400, of the unassigned fund balance for the fiscal year be put in the city's general development fund and that $273,605 be set aside for contingencies.

The committee also recommended a total of $400,000 be set aside for the city's retirement and other post-employment benefits trust funds.

A few unexpected "one-time" shots of revenue helped the city end the fiscal year on June 30 with a $1,484,002 general fund balance, according to City Finance Director Mark B. Spickler.

Yet looking ahead, Spickler told committee members that the economy continues to hurt budget projections and first quarter revenues were off about $100,000.

Allocations also recommended Tuesday were $88,500 for the city's "gateway" sign system project, $50,000 for storm sewer cleaning, $50,000 for the city's computer system fund, $17,000 for an energy audit; $10,000 for new carpet in the municipal courtroom, $5,000 to Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks & Recreation Board for the new pavilion at War Memorial Park and $13,000 in general funding support for the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library system.

Baldwin said the signage system project also could potentially benefit from a pending federal grant application, which is not expected to be decided until later this year.

The city would have $400,000 set aside for the signage project with the additional funding, Baldwin said.

The project is nearly ready to be advertised for the bidding process, according to Baldwin.

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