TEASER Pinehurst, Village Hall

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The Pinehurst Village Council voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon to award a $657,306 contract to Riley Paving of Carthage to resurface 3.11 miles of streets.

All or sections of 14 streets throughout the village will be resurfaced, with the work to start in October.

Mike Apke, village public services and engineering director, told the council that these roads are in the worst condition in the village, according to the most recent survey done last fall by an outside engineering firm. The village hires a firm to conduct a pavement condition survey every three years.

He said the village starts at the bottom of the list each year, and that village staff reviews their condition before making a final determination.

The resurfacing work accounts for more than half of the $1.1 million the village budgets for road work.

The village receives $499,000 in state Powell Bill funds, which comes from the gas tax. The Village Council allocates additional local funds in its annual budget, which has been increased in the past few years in response to pressure from residents to repave more streets each year.

Mayor Nancy Fiorillo pointed out that many municipalities in North Carolina just use Powell Bill funds to pay for resurfacing and do not allocate any local funds.

“We more than double that with local funding,” she said. “We are doing all we can for roads here in Pinehurst.”

Council member Judy Davis added, “It is an important issue for many of our citizens.”

Apke said the remainder of the funds will be used to restore all road shoulders after the resurfacing, re-stripe the resurfaced main roads, and reconstruct the sub-base on 1,600 feet of roadway in advance of 2-inch resurfacing.

He said any additional funds remaining after that work is completed will be used to resurface more streets or to apply what is called slurry seal on select roads and/or cul-de-sacs, which will extend their life by about five years.

Last year, the village resurfaced about nearly four miles of streets. The year before it repaved about three miles of roadway and applied the slurry seal on an additional three miles.

Apke said the village has identified about three miles of streets for the slurry seal this year if the funds are available.

Mayor Pro Tem John Bouldry said he is glad to see the village using the slurry seal on roads, when it can, to extend the life of the pavement, which is less expensive.

In response to a question from council member Jack Farrell, Apke said the village has about 107 of streets and roads that it maintains.

“It takes a few years to get to all of the roads,” he said.

Streets selected for resurfacing this year included:

* Two sections of Longleaf Drive East and a section of Winchester Road in Village Acres.

* Lakewood Drive, Westchester Circle, Pinyon Lane, part of Pinyon Circle, Sweet Birch Lane, White Birch Lane and a section of Burning Tree Road between both ends of Statler Lane in the Lake Pinehurst Area.

* A section of Woodburn Road from McDarimid to its deadend in the Pinedale area.

* Deerwood Lane from Juniper Creek Boulevard to Beasley Drive, and from Scioto Lane to Greenbriar Lane, and Juniper Creek Boulevard between both ends of Kingswood Circle in No. 6.

* Halter Place off Bridle Path Circle in the Doral Woods area.

Prior to the meeting, the council completed interviews with four firms interested in conducting a library needs assessment. It interview two of them Monday and two on Tuesday.

Village Manager Jeff Sanborn said the council has not decided which firm to select and that it has requested additional information from some of them. That means it will likely be September before the council makes a final decision on selecting a firm since it does not meet again this month.

Sanborn also announced that the village has received a formal request from FirstHealth Moore Regional to rezone land on Page Road across from its main campus for its new cancer center. He said it includes four-story center as well as well as four-story parking deck.

After it is reviewed by village staff, it will go to the Planning and Zoning Board for a recommendation and then to the council for final approval.

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