Residents to approach city about roadway's condition
By NIKKI WILEY The Brunswick News
Standing on Cleburne Street Monday, Barbara Ouattara said she is dismayed by the condition of the road in front of her residence.
She pointed to a large pothole as a vehicle approached.
"You've got to go on that side of the road or you'll be airborne or tear up your car," Ouattara said.
Ouattara is concerned about the street that is laced with potholes, cracked asphalt and faded striping.
It hasn't been paved in more than 20 years, she said, and has been repaired with patchwork that doesn't stand the test of time.
It's a safety hazard for motorists and children who play in the neighborhood, and Ouattara wants something done about it.
"If you buy a house on this street, you're paying taxes, and we should see some of that tax money," she said.
She plans to petition the City Commission when it meets Wednesday at Old City Hall to make repairs, beginning at Altama Avenue and R Street extending to Cleburne and M streets.
The petition has gained more than 60 signatures, including that of Barbara Brown.
"It's pathetic that we, voters, cannot get anything done about this road," said Brown, who has lived in her residence on Cleburne Street since the late 1950s.
City Engineer Dan McFee is aware of complaints about the condition of Cleburne Street and says the city hopes to make infrastructure improvements soon.
About $125,450 from a Georgia Department of Transportation Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant is available for the city to use for transportation projects, and McFee wants to use the funding to repave city roads.
"At the present time it is our intention to use that on paving, and part of the paving of any streets we pave is striping also," McFee said.
McFee said he watches for areas that need improvements when he travels through the city and is in the process of evaluating which roads have the greatest need.
Glynn County is also planning improvements for roadways near the city.
The county's finance committee will consider a proposal today to spend $205,558 out of the county's general fund and $594,442 from similar state funding to resurface a portion of Altama Avenue from Bristol Drive to Chapel Crossing Road.
If the committee approves the proposal, the project will be advertised for bids.
The City Commission will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday, when it will hear from delegations, followed by a work session at 5:15 p.m. and the regularly scheduled session at 6 p.m. at Old City Hall on Newcastle Street.