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Miner will help Sikeston stripe Ables Road

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

MINER -- Miner will join Sikeston on a project to stripe Ables Road.

Mayor Betty Barnes advised the Miner Board of Aldermen during their regular meeting Tuesday that the city received a letter from Doug Friend, city manager of Sikeston, regarding the project.

"It does not have a shoulder on that road and it is dangerous," Barnes said.

Miner's share of the $8,200 project, which will put border stripes and a centerline stripe on the road using reflective paint from S. Ingram to Highway AA, will be $1,200.

Alderman Justin Medley agreed this "good neighbor" project would be good for residents of Miner and Sikeston.

"It's worse when it's raining," Peggy Holman, board member, said of Ables. "It's really bad."

In other business during Tuesday's meeting:

* A decision on purchasing a gate for the water treatment plant's fence was tabled to allow city personnel to gather information on what type of gate would work best.

Dub Higden of the Department of Public Works explained the 28-foot opening requires a very large gate that will sag over time and require two people to operate.

"That's a big gate," Higden said. "You're going to have trouble with it."

Hinged gates, he explained, are not an option due to the slope on the inward side and being too close to the street.

* A decision on a bill prohibiting heavy trucks on Miner's residential streets was tabled to give Barnes some time to research the ordinance and the need to control heavy trucks in residential areas.

"I had a couple of complaints in my neighborhood about big trucks," Medley said.

He noted the ordinance currently in effect in Miner has a short list of specific streets.

Medley also noted that heavy trucks are "rough on city streets."

"I just want to make sure it's done right," Barnes said in explaining her reluctance to take action right away.