Aldermen approved the lowest bid — Hattiesburg-based Precision Construction’s almost-$700,000 offer — Tuesday, which clears the way for concreting efforts to begin along Carver Drive’s drainage ditch.
Starkville aldermen could approve a new bid to concrete a portion of the Carver Drive ditch, a drainage feature that has served as a point of political conflict for years, during their 5:30 p.m. meeting today at City Hall.
For years, Carver Drive residents have complained about the foul smells emanating from a nearby drainage ditch.
The politics of the issue have produced an equally offensive aroma.
A once contentious point of debate ended with light discussion and overwhelming support Tuesday as Starkville aldermen approved an alternative solution to Carver Drive’s longstanding drainage issues.
Ward 6 Alderman Roy A. Perkins will ask Starkville representatives to consider a more comprehensive Carver Drive drainage solution during tonight’s 5:30 p.m. meeting at City Hall.
Residents of Carver Drive in Starkville are still awaiting improvements on the drainage and sewage ditch that borders the west end of the street.
The application for improvements to the Carver Drive drainage ditch will likely be sent off for approval to the Federal Emergency Management Agency next week.
The Starkville Board of Aldermen voted to amend the city’s zoning ordinance after having the board’s second public hearing on the matter Tuesday night.
The board also held its first public hearing on adopting a new ordinance to regulate certain areas of commercial and residential outdoor display and requested a title search by the city attorney for property near the Carver Drive ditch.
Thanks to crowd outbursts and hot button issues, Mayor Parker Wiseman was forced to call the Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting to order several times Tuesday night, and he was also called on to cast the deciding vote in a 3-3 split that passed an improvised motion to seek Federal Management Agency approval for Carver Drive relief.
The Starkville Board of Aldermen will hold its second public hearing on the possibility of amending the current helmet ordinance at its meeting on Tuesday.