Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Aldermen OK funding for Greta Road paving. George M Bryan Airport (KSTF), Starkville, Mississippi.

Greta Lane will soon get a facelift.  The Starkville Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday 5-2 to pave the gravel road using a Community Development Block Grant of $98,163.88. The funding will have no tax implications on residents.

Greta Lane, off Highway 12 in Ward 2, runs adjacent to the runway at George M. Bryan Airport. The road is part of the 1998 annexation of west Starkville.

The city has owned the property since the mid-1940s, Ward 2 Alderwoman Sandra Sistrunk said.

Ward 1 Alderman Ben Carver and Ward 3 Alderman Eric Parker cast nay votes because of the airport advisory board's concerns of clashing with Federal Aviation Administration guidelines. Carver, airport board liaison, said the FAA strongly discourages paving the road because of the runway protection zones, which require 400 feet between the road and the center line of the runway. Carver said the distance is 370 feet.

"It would also affect future expansion," Carver said. "Greta Lane is not a public road. The airport board gets 98 percent of their funding from the FAA, so they're trying to comply with their guidelines."

Parker said he couldn't make a decision to vote for the paving project until he heard the FAA's official position from the airport board, ultimately casting a nay vote.

Though Greta Lane has approved funding, two other annexed roadways, Sudduth Road and Collier Road, don't. Collier Road, off North Jackson, needs repair to a 1/10 mile strip, requiring clay gravel and hot-mix asphalt for an estimated cost of $47,942.22. Sudduth Road, off Highway 389, is a simpler grading project that will cost approximately $11,840.

Ward 6 Alderman Roy A. Perkins said Sudduth Road is part of the city's overlay street maintenance.

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