ROAD CONCERNS … Left to right, council members Judy Yahraus, John Betts and Mary Leatherman listen to complaints from Mr. Cox, who lives on Huntington Street, about how the city repaved that road. (PHOTO BY DANIEL COOLEY, STAFF)
By: Daniel Cooley
The Bryan City Council meeting of October 4 began with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by roll call. All five council members, Judy Yahraus, Mary Leatherman, John Betts, Richard Hupe and Jim Kozumplik, were in attendance.
In the first order of business, council approved the meeting minutes from September 6.
Next, council listened to a complaint from Mr. Cox and other people from Huntington Drive.
Cox felt that the Bryan Street Department did a sloppy job on their road. He felt that the first layer of pavements was applied loosely, and he wondered if a second layer was ever done.
He also said that because there are no curbs, some gravel was pushed into people’s yards.
In addition, the sweeping of loose stones was not done for several days. Cox stated that if you’re going to repave, do it right.
Street cleaner Tyson Engstrom said that the unit they use to repave the street is called a dirt patcher.
First, they blow all the dust off and then apply a mix of stone and emulsion. They apply it and then let cars go over it. After a week or two, then they sweep up the excess gravel
He said that the process is done in order to hold the road together until it can be properly repaired, a few years down the road.
It is done this way, to also hold the cost down, because repaving a road is quite expensive.
Mayor Schlade said that part of the problem is that Huntington Drive was originally part of a township and as a result there is only one entrance to the road.
Engstrom said that he will check the road again and see if it needs to be reswept. No other solution was taken at this point in time.
Next, council approved clerk-treasurer Laura Rode’s financial report.
Council then approved a Resolution regarding a community reinvestment area. This renivestment involves a remodeling project by the Midwest Community Federal Credit Union.
Next, council waived a hearing on a liquor permit. Council then approved the police department’s request for permission to test.
Also, fall cleanup in the city will take place on October 13-15 and the cleanup is for Bryan city residents only.
In comments from council, Leatherman thanked the people involved with the fall fest for doing a good job and Hupe echoed that the fall fest was great.
Both thanked Mr. Cox for coming in and expressing his concerns. Betts thanked Midwest (Credit Union) for investing in Bryan.
Council then moved into executive session.
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