Follansbee ponders paving bids

FOLLANSBEE – City Council will consider bids for this year’s street paving at its next regular meeting next Monday.

City Manager John DeStefano told council on Monday a pre-bid meeting will be held today for potential paving contractors, who will be given a list of about 20 streets and alleys and asked to give an estimate for each.

DeStefano said about $200,000 has been allocated for paving. It’s not enough to do all of the streets, so council will be asked to prioritize, based on the condition of road sand cost, he said.

DeStefano said he and others are considering having Bonnie Prince Drive, a heavily traveled street at Highland Hills, paved with a polymer product that’s been found to be more durable on streets elsewhere in the state.

Also on the list are sections of Rose Street, Browning and Oak alleys; Washington and Neville streets; Linden Avenue; West, Wood, Main and Chapman streets; Marquette Avenue; Walker Road; Wabash Drive; Cork Road; Tartan Drive; Donegal Drive East; Kilt Road; Kerry and Kilkenny drives; and Shannon Boulevard.

“There are streets in every ward,” DeStefano noted.

In other business:

DeStefano said council will be asked to consider re-lettering the north column at the entrance of Follansbee Park at a cost of $950. He said the words “Follansbee Municipal Park” on the limestone column have been worn away by the elements and can’t be read but the letters on the other column still are legible.

Second Ward Councilman Dave Secrist said he and 1st Ward Councilman Vito “Skip” Cutrone collected about 60 tires and 30 televisions and transported them to the Brooke County Solid Waste Authority’s Recycling Center in Beech Bottom.

The two volunteered to collect the items during the city’s recent spring cleanup. The tires and televisions can’t be accepted by landfills, so they couldn’t be accepted with other bulky refuse by city crews.

Secrist, who chairs the Brooke-Hancock American Cancer Society Relay for Life, also announced a parade will be held at 7 p.m. on June 3 on Main Street to promote this year’s relay, which will be held June 7 at the Follansbee Middle School football field.

He encouraged residents and businesses in the two counties to display Relay for Life banners and decorate their homes or businesses in purple and white, the event’s official colors, to help promote it.

For information about participating or supporting the event, call Secrist at (304) 919-3960.