City Council to vote on street maintenance bids

Stephanie Markham, Editor-in-Chief

The Charleston City Council will vote Tuesday on funding for general street maintenance throughout the year and buying portions of property on Harrison Avenue so the roads can be renovated.

Mayor Larry Rennels said every year the city seeks the lowest bids for street maintenance and locks them in for the entire year to use for things like fixing potholes.

Rennels said the city is going to do construction starting July 6 on Harrison Avenue between Fourth and Sixth streets because the road is narrow and in bad condition.

“There’s one block section we never got around to a few years ago, so we are going to widen the street and straighten out the sidewalks,” he said.

Rennels said the city would have to buy a total of $6,531.66 in land from nine of the block’s homeowners to be able to push the sidewalk a bit further onto their properties.

The council’s agenda includes five ordinances to waive zoning requirements for a subdivision west of Charleston called “20 Acre Woods.”

Rennels said Charleston has zoning authority for a mile and a half outside city limits and can approve exemptions for things like street design, length of a cul-de-sac or sidewalk standards.

“In town we’re pretty strict, but outside of town we’re not as strict,” he said.

Another ordinance the council will consider is to waive a zoning requirement for Marty’s.

Rennels said Marty’s is an older building and the owners want to add a handicap accessible restroom compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

He said approving the variance would allow Marty’s to build the restroom closer to the alley than would normally be permissible.

The council will also vote on two resolutions for street closures to allow Fourth of July festivities and two raffle licenses.

The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall.


Stephanie Markham can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].