Six Roanoke streets to be resurfaced

Several streets in Roanoke will be resurfaced, the Roanoke Town Council decided during its Tuesday, June 18, meeting.

Utility Superintendent Paul Swain presented a proposal from Wayne Asphalt to council regarding resurfacing and other maintenance work to be performed on eight streets in town.

Council was receptive to the proposal, but agreed that work on two of the streets - Seminary and First - would not be performed, to cut down on costs. A motion to move forward with the project and award it to Wayne Asphalt passed unanimously.

The six streets that will be addressed are Third, North Main, Coe, High, South Main and Fifth.

President Dave Tucker announced that Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development had ruled that a dugout in Roanoke Park was three feet too close to the property line. To resolve the issue, Tucker suggested that the park's four parcels of land be combined into one, eliminating the property line in question, and that doing so would only cost $100.

A motion to accept Tucker's suggestion passed unanimously.

Tucker also announced that quotes for work on the park's bridge had come in at $30,000. The bridge was damaged when the town was flooded earlier this year and requires a new approach, as well as wings that will extend into the ground further so that water in the future cannot wash the approach out.

Before work can begin, though, Tucker said that the town needed to hear back from the Department of Natural Resources.

Clerk-Treasurer JoAnne Kirchner led council through a preliminary rundown of the town's 2014 budget. Kirchner said that having an idea of what the town's budget will look like will be helpful when she has a meeting with State Representative Dan Leonard on July 16.

In other business:

Tucker said that AT&T, which has a contract with the town regarding use of the water tower, has agreed to not put anything new on the tower and will just replace existing antennas with new ones.

Town Marshal Jim Wood informed council that the police department's Crown Victoria had been repaired.

Council approved the fire department's request for funds to purchase a door handle with a keypad that will better secure its building.

Restrooms in the old Town Hall building will be open for next month's "First Friday" event and every "First Friday" to follow.