At the December meeting of the North Carrollton Mayor and Board of Aldermen, plans were made for improvements to infrastructure including water and streets.
Mayor Ken Strachan presented a proposal he had worked on with Willis Engineering and the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) for Emergency Road and Bridge Repair Fund (ERBRF) Program for repairs to public roads. Strachan recommended authorizing Willis Engineering to prepare and submit the application for the repaving of Cemetery Street in North Carrollton.
“It is important that North Carrollton applies for these funds, there is no match and the repaving of Cemetery Street will be beneficial,” Strachan said.
He reminded the board that North Carrollton had received the BP funding from Senate Bill 2002 in the amount of 100,000 for repaving Marshall Road.
The board voted unanimously on the resolution for Strachan to apply for the funds. Strachan informed board members that he had gathered information including photos and documentation of infrastructure in the town, and Cemetery Street met the criteria to apply for the fund. Strachan said he was going to keep on file all his documentation he made on different streets that include culverts to use for applying for future funds as they become available.
“It is essential we continue to search and apply for funds for our town in making improvements whether state or federal and I will be calling on the congressional delegation to support our efforts,” Strachan said.
Alderman approved the bid from Greenbriar DSLP in the amount of $69,400 for the Booster Station Project on the Boyd Water System that North Carrollton operates. Strachan said that after talking to Willis Engineering he expects the work to begin in the first of 2019.
Alderman voted to open a separate bank account for the Booster Station Repairs with the two signatures required being Strachan and City Clerk Glynnis Taylor.
Strachan presented the Mississippi Municipal League’s resolution to the board for support of legislation to be introduced in the 2019 Legislative Session that will allow EPA’s to bring high-speed internet service to members. He said that he had met with Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley in October about the importance of internet access to rural communities. The board voted unanimous in support of the resolution.
In other town business:
• Reviewed Carrollton/North Carrollton Volunteer Fire Department Chief Andy Vining’s monthly activity report that included two residential fires, two natural disaster calls, and two brush fires.
Strachan presented the board a letter of recommendation to Malcolm White of the Mississippi Arts Commission on supporting Carrollton native and writer Elizabeth Spencer being included in the Mississippi Writers Trail.
Approved opening a separate bank account for BP Street Funds for re-paving Marshall Road with Strachan and Vice-Mayor Mitchell Costilow being the two signatures required.
Alderman approved paying the docket of claims.