Microsoft PowerPoint - NSIP 26 Street Maintenance Council WorkshBULLHEAD CITY, ARIZ.– The City of Bullhead City has built a small savings over the past year– roughly $1.2 million– and administrators are suggesting it could be used to improve streets, but its not enough to do much more than the most basic of maintenance. City councilmembers offered their opinions at a special workshop meeting yesterday, and there are competing interests. Mayor Tom Brady is pushing his colleagues to spend upwards of $2.0 million a year to “micro-seal” every street in Bullhead City over the next ten years, while Vice Mayor Jerry Duvall believes there are more issues to address than just roads. City manager Toby Cotter and Public Works Director Pawan Agrawal gave councilmembers an overview of their proposal, which would spend approximately $3.5 million dollars over the next three years to address maintenance issues on roads mainly in the Riviera and Holiday Shores neighborhoods. There are several types of maintenance fixes under consideration from chip sealing to micro-sealing– each offering their own unique fix, but at a varying cost.  Brady wants to set aside more money for road repairs. He said even the most basic maintenance requires a $2.0 million dollar investment annually. Fearing the city is only falling further behind, Brady suggested the city has been waiting too long to commit to road repairs. “We should be spending a minimum of $2.0 million a year on our roads just to get by,” Brady said. “I don’t think we can just say let’s spend $1.4 million this year and see how much we have available next year.” Brady’s ongoing push for additional funding for road repairs was challenged directly by Duvall, who suggested that road repairs should not monopolize the city’s finances. “I know our roads are in horrendous shape, and I know we need the money to repair our roads, but we shouldn’t look at this with tunnel vision,” Duvall said. “This community has more items to deal with that just roads.”  The vice mayor listed other community concerns as examples of other priorities that should be addressed with a portion of the money that was saved last year. He said there are issues with blight, homelessness, and public safety that should be considered. No other councilmembers offered an opinion during the workshop. After the meeting, Agrawal said, his staff will move forward with bidding out the three-year, neighborhood street improvement projects each with varying maintenance and paving fixes for the city council to consider this spring.

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