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Town to seek advice on drainage
by Amanda Sexton Ferguson, Editor and Publisher
Mar 06, 2014 | 115 views | 0 0 comments | 100 100 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARROLLTON - The Board of Aldermen voted to contract a civil engineer to survey and make recommendations to fix the town's drainage and erosion problems.

The measure comes after members of Carrollton Presbyterian Church requested to pave grassy areas around the church for parking. When members of the board visited the site of the proposed parking areas, they felt they should address the drainage issue before approving paving that could make drainage matters worse for surrounding properties.

"Water has undermined the sidewalk over there," Alderman Tommy Goodman said. "Water is washing away the dirt from under the the sidewalk. I think we need some professional help with this."

Two homeowners were at the meeting to describe drainage issues that have caused serious problems on their property. Both said water has caused damage to their home, and one said erosion from the creek has diminished a large portion of his property.

Alderman Pam Lee made a motion for a civil engineer to evaluate the entire town, make recommendations and set priorities on the repairs. Alderman Alan Lee seconded the motion, and it was passed unanimously.

In other town business:

• Work to extend the town's waterlines to two properties outside the town limits will be underway soon, as materials should arrive next week, Carrollton water superintendent Galen Shumaker reported to the mayor and Board of Aldermen Tuesday.

The materials and labor for the extension will be paid for by the two property owners, and the job should take crews several days to complete.

• Shumaker also reported to the board about telephone line problems that have prevented the pump from turning on and refilling elevated tanks. Twice, the problem has caused water to either run out at the tank or run low.

Shumaker previously obtained an estimate to replace the telephone lines at the water tanks with radios for communication between tanks and town wells. The cost was more than $6,000. Tuesday, the board asked Shumaker to seek another bid so the board will be able to make an informed decision on whether to change from telephone lines to radio communication.

• Dale Person, a representative for the regional Voter ID efforts, explained to the board ongoing efforts to get those without photo identification a voter identification card for voting. All voters will be required to have a photo ID or a voter identification card to vote in the June 3 primary election.

"If you don't have a photo ID, the state will issue a voter ID card at the Circuit Court's office," Person said. "There should be no reason someone can't get a voter ID card."

Person said the Secretary of State's office estimates that one percent of voters will need to get a voter ID card because most voters have some sort of photo ID. Person said there are nine forms of photo ID accepted for voting including driver's license, student ID, and passport.

• The board instructed Mayor Russell Wilson and Town Attorney Lori Bell to send letters to the owners of two commercial properties around the Carrollton Square about making repairs to brick work. Recently, town leaders fear falling bricks due to eroded mortar will injure a pedestrian.

The owners of two additional properties, located just down Lexington from Town Hall, have also been sent demand letters to make their properties safe for the public. For more than two years, the properties have been under construction without windows and doors.

• The board approved a proposal by CDP Landscape Architects to landscape four common areas in town - at the welcome sign at Highway 82, near the old water tank on Lexington, at the Carrollton Square, and near the Big Sand Creek Bridge. The cost will be $1,000 plus the cost of plants.

• Alderman Pam Lee is in the process of applying for grant funds to make improvements to College Street and Hafner Street. The board made a resolution for Lee to move forward in seeking grant funds.

• The board approved the April 5 Relay for Life grilling event to be held on the Carrollton Square.

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