With Greenville’s Adrian Drive in the final stages of repair at a cost much less than estimated, Ward 2 Councilwoman Lois Hawkins’ elected to put the surplus of appropriated funds to use for the improvement of Solomon Street.
During Tuesday's regular meeting, the Greenville City Council voted unanimously to adopt an order allowing the necessary amount of funds appropriated for neighborhood streets in Ward 2 be utilized for the improvement of Solomon Street.
“I brought up at one of the council meetings that for Adrian Drive, the street project, the quote that was given was lower than what we said it was going to be to fix the street, so therefore I had money left and I asked this council to reroute that money to another street,” Hawkins said.
After being informed by city clerk Amelia Wicks that the decision would lie with the council, Hawkins asked if she could get an order reflecting her proposal.
Mayor Errick Simmons inquired about the status of Adrian Drive and was told by the Street and Sewer Director, Ronnie Washington, that they were waiting on the county to overlay Adrian Drive.
Simmons also posed the question as to how much is estimated to remain of Hawkins’ Ward 2 appropriations for neighborhood streets once the county comes in to overlay Adrian Drive.
Hawkins currently has $132,000 appropriated for neighborhood streets.
“Right now with the asphalt and contracting of the curbs, we’ll have used about $65,000 or somewhere in that range,” Washington said.
He also pointed out that because the whole of Solomon Street is not being repaired, the scope of work is estimated to cost between $25,000 and $30,000.
A motion was then made to approve Hawkins’ recommendation to utilize funds that remained from the Adrian Drive project to repair parts of Solomon Street. The motion was passed unanimously.