2017-03-17 / Front Page

Kempner council votes to repair potholes on three streets

BY DAVID LOWE
DISPATCH RECORD


Potholes are visible on Hickory Lane in Kempner. The darker half of the road, on the left side of the photo, was repaired about two years ago. On Tuesday, the Kempner City Council approved patching on the other half of the road -- seen on the right side of the photo. 
DAVID LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD Potholes are visible on Hickory Lane in Kempner. The darker half of the road, on the left side of the photo, was repaired about two years ago. On Tuesday, the Kempner City Council approved patching on the other half of the road -- seen on the right side of the photo. DAVID LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD The Kempner City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve proposals for repairing potholes on Hickory Lane, Pecan Street and Orchard Street.

David Brown Construction submitted proposals of $12,000 for repairs on Hickory, $9,000 for work on Orchard and $3,000 to fix potholes on Pecan. Brown said the proposals equate to $2 per foot for hot-mix asphalt.

The construction company owner said he plans to begin pothole repairs this week. Brown said he will offer a one-year warranty on his company's work.

Brown said potholes on Hickory are on the opposite side of the street from where repairs were done two years ago. He said the side where his company will work now was in good condition two years ago but has deteriorated since then.


Darrell McDonald Darrell McDonald Mayor Carolyn Crane said on Pecan Street there are several potholes on the edges of the street, "including a very large one in front of the fire department."

Potholes also will be fixed near the corner of Orchard and Peach streets, and Mrs. Crane said there will be some paving done a bit farther down Orchard, as well. The mayor said the paving is intended to ensure the road surface will withstand the weight of the school bus that turns onto the road.

On another road repair matter, Brown offered an update about Depot Street, which has a problem with standing water. Brown said he and Mrs. Crane met with railroad representatives, who gave their approval for a drainage outlet to the west along the railroad.

"Hopefully we're going to get asphalt on [Depot Street] this week, and we'll be finishing the project up," Brown added, "and so, for a change, we'll be having some not-so-dusty streets over there."


Benjaimin Ingram Benjaimin Ingram In another item, the council approved the placement of a "Children at Play" sign on Cherokee Trail. Mrs. Crane said there have been concerns about motorists' speeds on the street. Cherokee Trail is off FM 2808 and has a 20 mph speed limit.

At its previous meeting, the council voted to have a stop sign installed on Cherokee Trail, Mrs. Crane said.

In another item, the council approved a Ricoh copier contract. The mayor said the five-year agreement will give Kempner a newer machine at a lower total cost per year than what the city has been paying.

During the citizen's comment portion of the meeting, Gary Guyer asked city officials to consider fixing two large potholes on the east end of Conductor Street.

"Absolutely," Mrs. Crane said. "We'll get it looked at."

The next speaker, County Road 3350 resident Chris Parks, also voiced a road concern.

Parks said CR 3300, which starts inside Kempner city limits and leads north to his neighborhood, is narrow and very dangerous. He asked if there is any way to widen the road six inches on each side or paint a yellow dividing line down the middle.

Mrs. Crane told Parks she shares his concerns but said the county is responsible for maintaining CR 3300. She suggested he attend a Lampasas County Commissioners Court meeting, which includes a time for public comments.

In response to Parks' concerns about safety on CR 3300, Police Chief Forrest Spence said the Kempner Police Department has increased its enforcement efforts at the curve just north of the railroad tracks. Spence said there have been complaints about speeding, and he said the police department is doing what it can to make drivers slow down on the road.

In another police matter, Spence introduced new reserve officers Darrell McDonald and Benjamin Ingram.

McDonald served eight and a half years in the Air Force and then served two and a half years in the Army, receiving a commission as a first lieutenant. He also served five and a half years with the Border Patrol.

Ingram, a jailer for the Lampasas County Sheriff's Office, moved to the area from Las Vegas. He has a background in security and worked as a mechanic before that.

Spence said the new reserve officers are "team players," and that he is very excited to have them working for the police department.

"I'm sure if you ever see them out and about and you've got any questions and want to talk to them, wave them down," the police chief said. "I'm sure they'll have an answer or try to get an answer for you."

As council and audience members applauded, Mrs. Crane said the city appreciates the officers.

Spence noted the Kempner Police Department has grown to include two fulltime officers -- himself and Sgt. Jesse Cerda -- plus three reserve positions. The department will add a parttime position next month, Spence said.

The Kempner City Council's next meeting will be March 28 at 7 p.m. in City Hall, 12288 East U.S. Highway 190.

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