Main Street Work To Precede TDOT Paving

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The Tennessee Department of Transportation is planning to pave State Route 1 (Highway 70S) in late spring or early summer of this year, it was announced at Tuesday's meeting of the Woodbury Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

The area to be paved will be from Bragg Street (between Sonic Drive-In and El Chilangos Mexican Restaurant) to the top of the hill going toward McMinnville.

Alan Paschal, Public Works Director and Street Superintendent for the Town of Woodbury, said bids on the project are to be let in April.

Prior to the TDOT project, Paschal wants the town to do some repair work on water lines in the area near Chilangos, including the installation of new values and a short line. He said it would be preferable to do the work before the road is newly paved.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen granted permission for the town to do so Tuesday, including transferring any needed funds from those which were previously approved for repairs at the town's pump station.

In other business Tuesday the Board:

• Approved a resolution in support of the Safe Routes to Schools Program.

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) ) is a federally funded program focusing on the benefits of children walking and biking to school. Its programs aim to improve safety for children and the community and provide opportunities to increase physical activity. SRTS funds activities and safe infrastructure in addition to efforts that encourage healthy options for children. Bringing together a diverse group of people to identify issues and find ways to improve walking and biking conditions is the core of a successful SRTS program.

Cannon County Schools is in the process of applying for $250,000 in funding to contruct a safe route to Woodbury Grammar School. The proposed route is from South College Street where it meets Bryant Lane to West Adams St. and then to the school. Cost of the project is estimated at $250,000. The approval and support of the Town of Woodbury is needed because the work would be done on town property.

• Approved a resolution  to provide matching funds for the Cannon County fiscal year 2011 Community Development Block Grant Application for the extension of waterlines to low and moderate income persons within the Lake Anne Road, Basham Ridge and Finnie Simmons Road areas. If approved, Woodbury's portion of the matching funds is expected to be $39,000.

• Denied a donation request made by Lisa Baird, Director of the Cannon County SAVE domestic violence program. Mayor Harold Patrick said the town is not in a position to make a donation at this time because it is nearly $60,000 over its projected budget for the current fiscal year due to unanticipated expenses. The Board did, however, approved Baird's request to hold the organization's annual SAVE Fest at Dillon Park May 6-7.

Prior to the meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen the town's beer board met. They approved an application for Juan Carlos Estrada Rodriquez for "on premise" consumption at El Chilangos Restaurant and for Stephen Larry Nixon for "off premise" comsumption at First Stop Market. Both establishments already possess beer permits, but either have or are in the process of changing ownership.
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