Riverside Council tables road paving request
by Elsie Hodnett
Dec 04, 2013 | 546 views |  0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Riverside City Council tabled a request to dedicate part of a road on private property to the city until the full council can discuss it at a work session.

Willie and Eleanor Henderson petitioned the council to have a portion of Floyd Drive in front of their house paved at Tuesday’s council meeting.

“The road is a mud puddle right now,” Willie Henderson said. “We’ve been slipping and sliding.”

Mayor Rusty Jessup said the city would have to own the road before considering spending taxpayer money to repair it.

“We can’t pave your driveway, which is basically what that road is because it’s on private property,” he said.

Willie Henderson said the portion of the road is owned by family members who would be willing to dedicate it to the city.

“The previous mayor, or the one before him, promised us when he was campaigning that if we all voted for him he would fix the road,” Eleanor Henderson said.

She said that promise was not kept.

“We are missing two council members, so I would like to table this to a work session,” Councilman Jimmy Hollander said.

Jessup, Hollander and Councilmen Bill Cantley and Johnny Osborn were present at the meeting. Councilmen Frank Riddle and Kenny Womack were absent.

Jessup said the next work session is scheduled in January.

The council also let bids on the River Bend Bridge Repairs project.

Jessup said St. Clair County engineers put together the project specs and bid packages would be available at City Hall Friday.

“We have a pre-bid meeting at 9 a.m. Dec. 13 at City Hall, and will open bids at 9 a.m. Dec. 20 at City Hall,” he said.

Osborn questioned whether enough qualified applicants would receive notice of the project and have the opportunity to bid on such short notice.

“It is a 45-day project that must be done before the water comes up,” Jessup said. “With the weather, we need to get this started as soon as possible.”

Jessup also announced the city has entered negotiations to purchase the Riverside Utilities Services sewer system, however no decision has been made yet.

Contact Elsie Hodnett at ehodnett@dailyhome.com.