Cynthia Stanciel at Greenwood City Council meeting

Cynthia Stanciel, chief administrative officer for the city, addresses the council about a grant for the removal of lead-based paint.

When is the city of Greenwood going to fix its streets?

For the many residents for whom this question has been top of mind, Tuesday’s City Council meeting provided some progress toward an answer.

“We are trying to get everything done so that come springtime we can get started on construction,” Ward 3’s Ronnie Stevenson, council president, said after the meeting.

Earlier in the meeting, Mayor Carolyn McAd-ams reviewed plans for a bond issue to pay for repairing streets. McAdams said, “We have some really serious problems with our street repaving because they haven’t been done in years.”

McAdams previously had asked each council member to compile a list of streets in his or her ward in need of repair.

McAdams also suggested that Carl Palmer, Ward 7 councilman, could add more streets to his list since it was shorter than others.

“I was trying to be conservative,” Palmer said, explaining that he has more streets needing repair.  

McAdams said the city is now looking at a general obligation  bond issue of $6 million.

“That’s what we can pay back comfortably,” she said.

Previously, the council had discussed a $7 million issue, but McAdams reiterated, “We need to get what we can pay for.”

Ward 4’s Charles McCoy asked what the payback on the bond would be per year. “Right now, it’s looking like $500,000” per year, McAdams said.

Additionally, the city will receive $500,000 in state-allocated funds to repair roads and bridges. However, these funds are set to roll out over five years.  

Ward 6’s David Jordan, who also is a state senator, said the city needs that whole amount much sooner.

“We’re hoping to introduce legislation to get those funds in two years instead of five,” Jordan said   after the meeting.

In other business, the council:

• Voted to approve a permit to allow AT&T to bury a total of 175 feet of fiber cable along Tallahatchie and Chickasaw streets.  

• Heard from Cynthia Stanciel, chief administrative officer for the city, about a $400,000 grant proposal that has been submitted for the removal of lead-based paint  from residences built before 1978. If it is funded, part of the money will be used to train two city employees to become certified lead-based paint inspectors.

Stanciel said the city is working with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as well as the Mississippi State Department of Health to obtain this grant.

Contact Kyle Strobel at 581-7233 or kstrobel@gwcommonwealth.com.  

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