By James Cook, Times Editor
The Cow Creek Water Project has hit a small snag, but the Stanton City Council hopes to clear that up quickly. The council heard about the delay at their regular monthly meeting last Thursday. The water project, along with the new city sidewalks and requests for street lights dominated the meeting as the city’s face is beginning to take on a whole new look.
“There is a pressure reducing valve we need. People have already got their lines and meters ready to be hooked up,” Mayor Dale Allen told the council. “But it’s on back order. We got to have it before we can do that.” Allen also told the council that once the residents on Cow Creek were hooked into the Stanton Water System, that providing water to the homes in their service area would be “99.5 percent complete.”
The council also discussed a request for a street light to be placed near 869 East College Avenue. “I was approached by a person in that area and they said it is awful dark in that area,” Allen said. “We may need to look into getting a light set up there.”
Council members Linville Bellamy, Tommy Mays and Dustin Meadows also brought up areas where street lighting may be needed. Some streets like West Railroad, Westview Drive and Oak Hill Drive were mentioned as being areas where the lighting may not be adequate. “On Westview I don’t even think they have a light there,” Bellamy reported.
Meadows mentioned that once the new lights located at the Mountain Parkway exit are activated, there may not be a need for street lights on Vine Street. That street runs parallel to the parkway and the new lights should provide enough illumination for the area that some street lights could possibly be moved.
“We really need to go around and see where it is too dark or where a light may not be needed,” Allen told the council. Stanton Police Chief Kevin Neal advised the council that his officers used to do that at least once a year and report it to the council. “Do you mind doing that again,” Allen asked. Chief Neal agreed and will have his second and third shift officers make a list.
The council also discussed the new sidewalks that are being poured around the Main Street area during the road construction project. “They (the construction company) have told me that if we don’t seal the sidewalks then that cobblestone look will end up cracking. They sealed one section down by John Brewer’s and you can tell a difference,” Allen advised the members.
“Doesn’t the state have to pay for that? It’s their road project,” Meadows asked. “No, it wasn’t in the contract. So it would fall to us,” Allen answered. After some discussion about the possible cost, the council agreed to look into possibly sealing them.
The sidewalk along the Stanton Cemetery and up to the Powell County Health Department was also discussed. “We are going to have to put in a new sidewalk there and it has an estimated cost of $40,000,” Allen told the council. There was some discussion about lowering it when it is redone. “We have to be careful there, there are two major waterlines that run underneath that sidewalk,” Allen added. The only other noteworthy activity by the council was over the dust problem that Janice Trent has addressed the council about several times in the past. At issue is the road that leads to the fitness center and the cable television building just off East College Avenue past the drive-in.
“We have had the property owner served, I believe it was on Sept. 15 or 16, so they have 30 days to correct the problem,” City Attorney Scott Graham advised Trent and the council. When asked if the owner did not respond what the next step would be, Graham said, “Then we issue a criminal complaint for violating an ordinance and from there we would go to district court.”
The council did go into closed session to discuss possible litigation, but no action can be taken in a closed session and none was according to Graham.