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City prepares for next round of street repair program

Ward 6 Alderman Dan Dillard said he believes a rotation system of the worst streets in each ward would be a good way to continue improvements.

“I think my ward has been successful because we had some ugly streets, so I think there can be some consideration that every ward get a little closer to the top of the list and start rotating the worst streets that need repair,” Dillard said. “If ward 6 already had some street repairs and ward 2, for example, didn’t have any, than it should be their turn to get the worst streets done.”

Dillard said he’s been pleased with the work done to repair the city streets so far, but would like to see the work begin sooner.

“Last year, they were pushing it late in the summer and the longer you wait until the summer, the longer everything takes,” Dillard said. “They seem to get it done when they get started, but I just want to try and get them started earlier.”

Alderwoman Sarah Smith said she doesn’t have any problem with a review of the street prioritization.

“I think it is our obligation to go and make sure the roads are taken care of,” she said. “There could be a road that is in worse shape. It might have changed. This would be double checking is all — but I don’t see any major moves for streets (on the list).”

If any reprioritization happened, Smith said she wouldn’t have a problem with if engineers, “told us why and it made sense.”

The alderwoman said she believes the city is doing the right thing by microsealing some streets that don’t need major repairs.

“If you do that maintaining, you don’t get to that place where things are so bad,” she said.

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