The city has long complained that a lack of funding and equipment has made keeping up Piedmont’s crumbling roads an impossible task but City Manager Jim Crosby has asked the city council to consider a bond to make some significant progress in street upkeep and repair.
During a council workshop Monday night, Crosby presented a bond proposal worth $4.5 million and said the bond could be brought before voters as early as August – pending council approval.
“Roads have been at the top of the list of what people want,” Crosby said. “We (currently) have absolutely no equipment to go out and fix roads.”
The bond proposal includes money for new road paving equipment, repaving portions or 164th St. and Edmond Road, and performing road repairs on over 10 miles of other roads in Piedmont.
Projected millage rates to pay for the proposed 20-year general obligation bond would cost a property valued at $100,000 an annual rate of $126.72 the first year, decreasing for the next 20 years to a final rate of $35.49, according to projections presented to the council. For a complete list of projected rates click on the “Bond Rates” link below.
Monday’s workshop meeting did not include any votes by the council and provided city leaders and those in the public an opportunity to hear about various issues, including the bond proposal. Council members did not offer any specific comment on the bond proposal but appeared receptive to studying the issue further.
Crosby said there were other issues the city could address with a bond but believed roads were the best place to start. He said it would offer the best chance to show results to the public and build trust with voters.
“We need to show the people, first of all, we are going to get out there and accomplish something,” Crosby said.
Items listed on the $4.5 million bond proposal include:
- New motor grader ($275,000)
- A 10,000 sq. ft. building for storing road paving equipment ($850,000)
- A front axle and duel rear axle dump truck ($115,000)
- Smooth bore roller ($30,000)
- Paving 164th Street between Cemetery Road and Piedmont Road ($600,000)
- Paving Edmond Road between Cemetery Road and Piedmont Road ($600,000)
- Oil and chip gravel repairs on approximately 10 miles of roads throughout Piedmont ($2,030,000)