New public works employee looks at road conditions

By Clark Natalie

Jason Zastera, who has experience running equipment and repairing older equipment, has beeen hired by Harris to the public works department. On June 11 he made his first presentation to the Council dealing with the condition of the roads.  Zastera and councilmembers had inspected all of the roads in the city and rated them according to condition and what could be done.  Zastera felt that the two which needed the most attention were Gladstone and Grand.

It is Zastera’s intent to review how much gravel can be purchased with the $30,000 allocated in this years budget and see how far it will go.

As far as paved streets, it was Zastera’s experience that asphalt millings may be a good option to repair the pot holes in those streets.  When an asphalt street is repaired, the old asphalt is milled and stored.  Those millings can be used to repair streets and can work better than gravel.

Zastera intends to rent a cutting saw, cut out those portions of asphalt that need to be replaced.  Recycled concrete will be put in the pot holes first, to provide adequate drainage, then asphalt millings on top.  This should make for a good repair.

The cost of updating the fire siren came up. It is is an old model. But the siren doesn’t need replacing, only the radio controls which cause the siren to sound.

The antenna and radio needed will cost $2,868.  The controls need to be in place by June 28, when the new radio frequencies go into place.

City Clerk Donna Heidelberger noted that the handicap door to allow easiy access for voting had been installed at city hall. When the company is paid, and the invoice is sent to the State, the City will receive the grant within 30 days.  The next step is to get the electric wired to the door to make it work. The Council authorized getting bids on wiring the door and repairing the circuit problems in the breaker box at the same time.

Tim Stancek approached the Council about getting crosswalks on two County Roads in Harris,  County Road 9 by Schoolhouse Park and County Road 30.  Because of the increase in traffic, it is getting very difficult for pedestrians to cross.

Mayor Diane Miller said crosswalks have been on the Council’s desire list; the problem isn’t the cost of the crosswalks, but the “destination.”

Crosswalks have to go someplace, such as to a sidewalk.  Stancek said that the County Engineer said that because of the width of County Road 9, it shouldn’t be a problem.  County Road 30 would be.

But the County is in the process of redoing County Road 30.  Councilor John Rossini suggested that since the road is being redone, it might be a good time to ask the County to install the destination for the crosswalk.

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