Councilman Bo Green introduced three cost estimates for sidewalk replacements during the regular Middlesboro City Council meeting on Tuesday.
The council approved work to be done on one of those sidewalks, located on Cumberland Avenue near the canal bridge.
According to Mayor Bill Kelley, the council discussed the sidewalk in a previous council meeting. He said the city proposed a price of $10 per square foot, and the contractor (Stewart Contracting) returned a price of $8.85 per square foot. The price includes demolition as well.
Kelley said he asked Bluegrass Contracting, which is doing all the sidewalk work currently, about repairing the sidewalk, but they responded they’re on a tight schedule and couldn’t take the job.
The other two sidewalks, one for Kentucky Train Trestle and the other on a sidewalk near the city pool, were entered into the minutes as cost estimates.
Councilman Gary Mills made a suggestion in regards to the Fall Festival during the meeting as well. He suggested the Fall Festival committee move the rides to the city parking lot and the vendors to Cumberland Avenue when the festival is held. He said stakes are driven into the pavement to keep the rides steady.
“I would hate to see them do that (drive stakes into the road) to this new road,” said Mills.
Kelley said he spoke to the gentleman putting the blacktop down about the stakes, and the man said now would be the best time to drive stakes into the pavement while it was still soft and setting.
In addition to the stakes, Mills was also concerned about the older buildings along Cumberland Avenue being damaged from vibrations caused by the rides. He said last year, shortly after the festival left, a roof collapsed on an older building.
“I honestly believe it was from the vibration of the rides,” said Mills. “It’s just a suggestion, but I’m looking out to try and preserve those old buildings.”
In reference to the building, councilman Philip Ball said the roof was just ready to fall because of the state of the building.
Councilman Lucas Carter said regardless of the stakes, it would still be a good idea to move the rides to the city parking lot and vendors downtown.
Kelley suggested that the council take the time to go to the Fall Festival meetings to speak with the committee.
Anthony Cloud can be reached at 606-302-9090 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN.