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  • Laurie prioritizes road repairs

  • Eight streets have been identified to be in the most critical need of repairs in Laurie. Public works employee Dean Smith presented a prioritized list for road repairs to the Laurie Board of Aldermen Tuesday evening.
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  • Eight streets have been identified to be in the most critical need of repairs in Laurie. Public works employee Dean Smith presented a prioritized list for road repairs to the Laurie Board of Aldermen Tuesday evening.
    The city is now working on getting bids for each site to get a better idea of the cost for the work. Funding to fix the roads was not included in the 2014 budget.
    Topping the list is the Lake Trail Rd. on the north side of town. The former Lake Road 5-25 has two large bad spots and two small ones. The road base is failing at the larger spots and shifting to the north. The road has heavy truck traffic from a couple of businesses.
    The Corporate Woods commercial area — mainly Missouri Blvd. — was second. Smith recommended a chip and seal to keep water from expanding existing cracks.
    With three depressions marring the roadway and the asphalt spreading near a warehouse facility, Elks Lane, located between Route O and Missouri Blvd., was the next on the list.
    Coming in fourth is the street Smith termed the most trafficked road in the city — Bass Point. The feeder street to a large residential area has five large bad spots and two small with the number of potholes increasing from three last year to seven this year.
    The entrance to Indian Rock Golf Course on Route O is in the middle of the list. Smith said Indian Lake Ave. is the second most traveled road in Laurie with the many homes on the course as well as visitors to the course and restaurant.
    Nicklaus Drive, also serving residents on the golf course, has issues and was sixth on the list followed by Firehouse Rd. off Route O. The road that goes back to the citiy's sewer plant has a depression extending across the width of the roadway and could be edge to edge after another hard winter, Smith said.
    Last on the list is Osage Ave. — one of the main roads for residents in Indian Rock Golf Course.
    The rest of the streets in the city are in pretty good shape, Smith said.
    Other infrastructure issues
    In addition to the road work, alderman decided to have more research done on repairs to the Markum Rd. lift station that is part of the sewer system. The concrete tank is deteriorating due to hydrogen sulfide gas, according to public works employee Brian Scheiter. He estimated the cost for city workers to wash and epoxy coat the tank at $700.
    The cost for a chemical system to treat the gas and prevent the problem in the future could cost a few thousand dollars though. Scheiter said he found a product to treat it, but the cost for daily dosage would be $25 a day after a $450 investment in a dosage pump.
    Page 2 of 2 - The chemicals might also, however, help with a related issue.
    Tom and Billie Johnson addressed the board Tuesday evening regarding an on and off bad smell from the sewer plant. Their business, Laurie RV Park, is near the city's treatment plant property off of Route O as well as the Markum lift station which is relatively close to the plant.
    According to Scheiter, the chemicals and smell may be caused by a build-up of gases from the long stretch from the end of the line on Route O to the Markum lift station. It's about two and a half miles.
    The city may also try odor cakes to help with the rotten egg stench that occasionally occurs in that area. The odor cakes would not treat the cause of the smell but would attempt to mask it, though that might simply lead to an odor of pine trees mixed with sewer gas, Scheiter said.
    The smell is mainly an issue that occurs in the summer time.

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