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Town OKs street plan

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By John D. Harden / Staff Writer

Bartonville to dedicate about $1 million over five years for upgrades

BARTONVILLE — Town officials have agreed to dedicate approximately $1 million over the next five years to road maintenance and improvements in the five-year street maintenance plan, which officials expect to begin shortly after spring this year.

With approval of the new plan, the town has agreed to allocate nearly $500,000 more toward maintenance and improvements compared to the previous five-year plan.

The previous plan allocated $100,000 in expenditures annually.

“This plan was adjusted based on feedback and council recommendations to allow for the expenditure of up to $200,000 per year,” said Town Manager Stacey Almond, who was recently appointed town manager after serving as the interim since July 2013.

The town plans to pay for the roadwork through a combination of sales tax revenue, agreements with Denton County and an interlocal agreement with the town of Flower Mound.

Bartonville receives $150,000 annually from Flower Mound with 10 years remaining on the agreement and the town generates another $30,000 from the quarter-of-a-cent sales tax dedicated to the street maintenance fund.

Officials hope the street improvements will address the concerns of several residents who have stated that the roads could be improved.

Staff members say the town has spent more than $1 million on street repairs since 2007, but more is needed, based on residents’ concerns.

Recently, the town surveyed nearly 1,140 residents and more than half of those surveyed said the town’s roads were in either poor or fair condition, 38 percent said the roads were in good condition and 7 percent said the roads were excellent.

The five-year plan is a guide for major street repairs and allows for flexibility based on necessity, officials said.

Town officials said the bidding process to hire a contractor for repairs will begin in early spring, and they anticipate the Town Council will award a contract for services shortly thereafter.

“Our plan will be reviewed annually by the council for necessary adjustments based on current road conditions and recommendations from staff and the town engineer,” Almond said.

The first year of improvements will include reconstruction of a portion of East Jeter Road and improvements to Pecan, Brasher and Redbud drives.

Some of the roads needing repairs are caving in, primarily because of harsh weather conditions that have allowed moisture to seep through the cracks and damage the roads’ foundations, according to town staff.

Most of the repairs outlined in the town engineer’s plan will include overlay improvements, crack sealing and spot repairs.

Gary Vickery, town engineer, said the five-year plan was designed to help the council prioritize which roads need the most attention. The study will be used to provide the council options for prioritizing and budgeting road repairs and maintenance, he added.

Other streets scheduled for improvements in following years include Dove Creek Road, Rockgate Road, Mulberry Drive, Maple Drive, Chestnut Drive, Post Oak Lane, Hidden Oaks Court, Pin Oak Court, Green Oaks Drive and Timber Oaks Court.

JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @JDHarden.