Holiday Island wants larger county payout for roadwork

Friday, March 23, 2007

HOLIDAY ISLAND -- In his presentation of the 2007 district road paving program to the Board of Commissioners (BOC) Monday, March 19, District Manager Kevin Crosson noted some startling county statistics.

Out of the $13 million collected in the county from real estate and personal property taxes, Holiday Island contributes almost $2 million, or 22 percent of the total share.

Yet out of the $2.7 million budgeted to be spent on county roads, the county's contribution to Holiday Island road paving averages $9,000 a year.

"Statistically, Holiday Island is entitled to $592,911," Crosson said.

He noted it has long been difficult to get the county to allocate money or help for road paving and maintenance in Holiday Island. He said he is planning to sit down with new County Judge Richard Williams to see if the community can get more help.

The 2007 Holiday Island budget for road work includes $40,000 for Road Department Operations and Maintenance, which includes shared work with the county; $65,568 for the highway department grant to pave the Leatherwood walking trail; $89,920 for contracted asphalt overlay improvements; and $56,200 for contracted chip-and-seal improvements.

This year's paving list is based on priority, Crosson said, listing roads needing work by their condition.

In the asphalt portion, Crosson is recommending the district overlay 3 additional inches of asphalt on Bandy Drive, located on the island, from Shields Drive to Buckskin Lane.

Road Department Superintendent Kenny DeHart said that although there are not a lot of houses on Bandy Drive, it is heavily used and "if you don't start doing something, you're going to lose your sub-base."

Crosson said the list of roads by condition is arranged so that the Board can "draw the line" under those they recommend for work this year. The listed roads' ratings go from 75 (average) to 87 (good).

The suggested paving list includes portions of six roads rated "average": White Bass Lane, Eagle truck route, Oak Point Lane, Wild Turkey Drive, North Star Loop and Silver Spur Lane.

The rest of the roads, rated "good," are White Oak Avenue, White Oak Lane, Green Meadow, Dogwood Lane, Summit Drive, Horseshoe Drive, Rancho Vista Lane, Oak Point Drive, Azure Lane, Thomas Circle West, Sunrise Avenue, LaQuinta Loop, Saturn Avenue, Hillside Drive, Quail Run Drive, El Dorado and Danube Drive.

Three roads on the complete Holiday Island list have a rating lower than 75: Thunderbird Lane, with one house on it, rated at 45, "very poor"; and Beaver Circle, with no houses on it, and Beaver Cove, with one house on it, both rated at 72, "average."

The Board will consider the list for a vote at its upcoming business meeting.

In other business, the BOC:

* Heard Crosson say five contractors were invited to submit bids on a 9-hole miniature golf course kit to replace the existing course at the Rec Center. The BOC will consider the bid award at its business meeting.

* Discussed a request by a property owner on Bluewater Circle to purchase a portion of Parcel D in order to erect a garage. Commissioners were leery of setting a precedent of selling parcel property. The item may not come up for a vote.

The business meeting will be held March 26 at 9 a.m. at the district office at 110 Woodsdale Drive.

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