One city alderman said it’s time to divide the street department into two separate branches because it’s simply too much to get the job done.
Alderman Dr. Jack Varner said the department should be split into two departments with one handling street maintenance and the other addressing trash and other solid waste issues.
“It is time to make a new department and have one for our trash and rubbish,” Varner said, during the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting. “Make it totally separate from the street department and have responsible people to do it.”
From filling potholes to repairing street signs to handling garbage schedules to removing debris, Varner said it’s to much on one plate.
“We are not getting anywhere the way it is now,” Varner said. “It is too bog of a job for one person. You will never get anything done until you divide it and give it to responsible people.”
Danny Miller currently serves as director of the street department.
Varner said the size of the job is evident in the lack of duties being fulfilled within the city.
“It is ridiculous that we live in a small town and have as many problems with the potholes and street signs, year after year,” Varner said. “And we don’t get anything done about it.”
In the last month, the street department has repaired 32 potholes; 217 for the year.
Miller told the city council that the street department is also getting aggressive with its street sign repairs. The department has purchased 84 new signs at about $1,675.
“We have ordered signs for the ones that need to be replaced, and that included stop signs, no parking signs,” Miller said. “In about three to four weeks, we will begin receiving those signs.”
Alderman Ron Johnson also asked Miller to visit Leach and White streets.
“Those street signs are on the ground,” Johnson said.
Varner reminded Miller that the sign posts should also be maintained.
With several complaints from citizens, Miller also said the potholes on Jackson Avenue and Bridge Street will also be addressed this week.