The Pegram Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a $1.1 million paving and striping project for 7.12 miles of roads at its Feb. 27 meeting.
The improvements were recommended by Pegram City Engineer Brad Bevins. The cost of the project is $1,122,480 for several streets that Bevins identified as being among the most in need of repair.
“Most of the roads are behind the shopping center, River View, Hilltop, Hannah Ford, and some streets across the river such as Cave Springs,” Mayor Charles Morehead said.
A list of the streets needs to be made in priority order of repair needs.
City Attorney Martha Brooke Perry recommended that the mayor and board members inspect the streets individually to determine the priority, without consulting each other, which would be considered an “open meeting.”
Perry said then a list could be compiled and presented to Bevins for him to accept bids, with paving scheduled to start in the spring.
Liquor by the drink discussion
The board also voted to consider putting a liquor by the drink proposal on the ballot for the August election.
“The county commission wants to get this on the ballot in the county and get the cities in line,” Morehead. “Pegram is the only city without liquor by the drink. Restaurants say it’s more profitable for them.”
Perry said that if the voters approve liquor by the drink, it will be licensed by the state’s Alcohol Beverage Control board. That will eliminate the need for business owners to go through the town’s Beer Board.
- · The board approved a purchase of 25 city flags for $2,484.05, to be displayed on the flag poles at City Hall and available for purchase by residents at $218 per flag.
“We sold four or five last year,” Morehead said.
A contract worth $2,500 for Fourth of July fireworks was awarded to TriStar Capital Distributors.
Morehead announced that volunteers will be needed for the Fourth of July celebration, adding that each year it has been more challenging to get people to sign up.
- · The board approved moving the town’s monthly meetings from the last Thursday of the month to the last Monday of the month. Perry said that the month of May would require an exception because of the Memorial Day holiday.
A beer permit requested by Rajesh Jayantilal Ghadiyali for the Citgo in Pegram located at 726 Highway 70 was rejected because the application was determined to be incomplete.
Perry said the names and addresses of nearby churches were missing, as well as the location and name and address for the nearest residential dwelling to the business.
Morehead said that the store could remain open but beer cannot be sold there until it receives a permit. The next meeting of the Beer Board is March 12.