The roads in the Glenwood area will continue to be addressed this year through the 2014 Road Restoration Project.
Smyrna Town Council members unanimously voted Monday night to award the project bid to Diamond Materials. The bid is for $135,105.
Town Manager Dave Hugg said there are four aspects of the project – the base bid and three alternates. The 2014 Road Restoration Project will repave the roads north of Glenwood Avenue that weren’t done last year. The 2013 Road Restoration Project addressed North High Street from Glenwood to Greens Branch Lane, School Lane from Glenwood to Greens Branch, and Greens Branch from North High Street to Ronald Lane.
The three alternates in this year’s project are Roberts Drive, Grace Lane, and Norman Circle.
“This will essentially complete all the street repairs that need to be done in Glenwood,” Hugg. “As a reminder, this project is funded through the Municipal Street Aid Fund.”
Each year towns and cities across the state receive money from DelDOT’s Municipal Street Aid Fund. The state distributes $5 million amongst the 57 municipalities in the state. Distribution of the funds is based on population and mileage.
Hugg hopes there will be enough money to cover the base of the project and the alternates. Hugg said the project will most likely start at the end of the summer; he’ll have more details on the project following a pre-construction meeting.
Council authorizes sale of building
Council authorized the sale of two parcels at 129 N. Union St., formerly the town’s old electric building, to Grantland Holdings LLC. The sale will now move local business AG&G Sheet Metal from its location just off Route 13 to Union Street.
The resolution also authorized Mayor Joanne Masten and Hugg to execute the necessary documents.
The town sold the building to AG&G for $235,000. Earlier this year, Smyrna Town Council members voted to use the proceeds of the potential sale for a portion of the police station project. At the time, town council was asked to add in the sally port and second half of the basement back into the project; the two aspects of the police station project were considered alternates for the project.
Hugg said Monday night after the council meeting that the $235,000 proceeds from the AG&G sale will be put in the budget; however, it may not necessarily need to be used for the police station alternates. Hugg said if the $300,000 contingency in the police station project isn’t needed, that money can be put towards the sally port and basement; however, if the contingency is needed elsewhere than the proceeds of the old electric building will be needed for the police station project.
Town receives grant for marketing
Council members authorized, by a vote of 5-2, for Hugg to accept a grant from USDA for the town’s strategic marketing project. The $26,000 grant will match the town’s budgeted $10,000 to go towards marketing purposes. The monies will enable the town to do outreach programs, print materials, web development, event management and more.
The town currently works with Strongpoint Marketing through the strategic marketing project.
“This is all being done to get the word out about Smyrna,” Hugg said.