Holiday Island road paving options explored

Monday, August 1, 2005

HOLIDAY ISLAND -- Holiday Island District Manager Kevin Crosson has started early to prepare the Board of Commissioners for the task of setting annual budget priorities for road paving for the next five years.

He presented information for discussion at Monday's monthly business meeting, based on the district's Road Improvement Plan.

"We feel our existing asphalt (roads) should receive priority as opposed to new asphalt," he told the board.

Of the 73 miles of Holiday Island roads, 17.58 miles are paved with asphalt. Of those, 9.5 miles include major thoroughfares: Holiday Island Drive (3.18 miles, surfaced in 1999); Stateline Drive (3.43 miles, surfaced in 1998); and Woodsdale/Shields Drive (2.85 miles, surfaced in 1996).

The remaining asphalt roads are on the island proper and in the Park shopping area.

Crosson said asphalt roads have a 10 to 20-year lifespan, and chip-and-seal roads have a three to seven-year lifespan.

As far as overlaying existing chip-and-seal roads with asphalt, Crosson recommended they conform to two conditions: they are 75 percent built on with homes and they intersect with an existing asphalt road.

Commissioner Dick Lytle pointed out that some roads, because of the way they are plotted, will "never be built 75 percent out."

"You're right, and that's the problem with setting priorities on road paving," Crosson replied. "Right now our first priority is to asphalt overlay Shields Spur because it's in really bad shape."

Shields Spur is a dead-end road on the island proper that adjoins Shields Drive and has 8 homes built out of 11 lots.

Crosson said the cost to pave with asphalt, excluding base preparation work, is $60,000 to $80,000 per mile, depending on road width.

Each road will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine how extensive base preparation would be and whether the district road department can do it in-house.

Upon the completion of a cost-sharing road-paving agreement with National Recreational Properties, Inc. (NRPI), to pave 3.4 miles of roads, there will only be a few miles of unpaved gravel roads left in Holiday Island.

Of the roads listed on Crosson's handout needing asphalt repairs or resurfacing or those paved with chip-and-seal, only Shields Drive, Augusta Lane and Hillcrest Drive are built out 75 percent or better. August Lane and Hillcrest Drive are scheduled for single chip-and-seal work this year.

Crosson also informed the board that Carroll County Judge Ulys K. Smith has agreed to uphold the district's previous agreement to cost-share in single chip-and-seal work. This work has been budgeted at $50,000 this year by the district.

Twelve roads are scheduled for chip-and-seal improvements under this program, at a total cost of $42,917, of which $15,940.60 will be borne by the county in labor and $26,976.40 by the district in materials.

He said the county's $16,000 is almost triple what they have spent in recent years.

"But they just agreed to the same funding formula that's been done in the past," he said.

Crosson said he will recommend the district spend an additional $75,000 to $100,000 each year from 2006 to 2010 on asphalt repairs or overlays.

In other business, the board:

* Approved plans to build a handicapped-access fishing pier at the site of the old bridge crossing Table Rock Lake. Arkansas Game and Fish will bid out the project and fund it through a grant. The district will take ownership and maintain the area.

* Approved a replat of Unit 10, Block 16, Lot 7 for Wild Goose Condominiums from one lot into three lots.

* Heard Crosson report on the following items in his monthly manager's report:

-- The district is eligible for a revolving loan fund for its wastewater treatment plant upgrade, at 3.25 percent. The application will be submitted in September.

-- Crosson is part of a committee working on Unit 10 development to see if small lots can be replatted and an "assessment break" given to commercial lot owners to encourage commercial development on lots.

-- District financial information for June shows income of $723,000 in assessments and penalties and capital expenditures of $318,000. Year to date, operating income was $2.6 million; expenses were $1.3 million, leaving a surplus of $1.3 million. Deducting capital expenditures leaves a net profit of $939,000.

The next district meetings are scheduled for an Aug. 15 work session and an Aug. 22 business meeting, both at 9 a.m. at the district office at 110 Woodsdale Drive.

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