City prioritizes streets for 2013 paving

Rockdale City Council members have prioritized several streets for paving and/or preservation work during the remainder of 2013, giving preference to streets in east Rockdale and near heavily-used Fair Park.

Major street paving project this year, Texas Street which serves Rising Star Baptist Church, was okayed last week in a joint project with Milam County.

That meant the council had to decide how to allocate remaining street paving funds on Monday.

PROJECTS—Roberts Street, between Pine and Walnut, will receive chip-sealing work.

Roberts serves a Fair Park gate which is used by rodeo contestants, and many others, during the Rockdale Fair. It’s also home to 22 residents.

Third Street, between MLK and a drainage ditch will get an overlay project.

Council members also decided, as recommended by Public Works Director Scooter Lindholm, to try a product marketed under the name “Rhino Snot,” described as a “super glue for streets.”

The product will be placed on Sanford and Eiland streets as a test project, then used on Smith Road, Peach and a block of Highland, if funds are available and the test streets are deemed satisfactory.

METERS—The council, in a series of votes, decided to call for bids on “drive by” water meter systems.

Lindholm said the drive-by meters, which can be read up to 1,000 feet away by laptop computer, would allow one city employee to read meters for the entire city in one day.

He said the meters would also be more accurate and would help prevent water loss.

In other business the council formally dissolved the old Rockdale Development Board, which was replaced by an election creating the Municipal Development District.

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