Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Several improvements to the city of Red Bank are set to happen in the next few weeks, including beginning a massive repaving project of around 60 roads, construction of a third field at Norma Cagle Softball Complex and a pavilion at the Kid’s Corner park, as well as the resurfacing of the city’s tennis courts.
Public Works Director Tim Thornbury said paving will begin on the south end of the city and move north.
The city contracted for the project with Tinsley Asphalt, which will complete paving work at the new Red Bank Middle School and begin work on the city’s side streets in September.
Construction on the pavilion began two weeks ago and should be complete by the first week in October, and the resurfacing of the tennis courts should begin in the next two weeks. Workers broke ground on the new softball field July 31 and should have the field ready within 90 days, said Thornbury.
Residents such as Stephen Guess, who complained to city commissioners at their July 17 meeting about the condemned and abandoned homes on Berkley Drive, will be happy to know the city has hired a full-time codes enforcement officer who began his duties Aug. 6.
“People go and break in because nobody is taking care of it,” said Guess of the abandoned and condemned homes near his property, where his mother currently lives.
This year’s budget includes $50,000 to aid in the process of tearing down dilapidated homes, said Thornbury.
“We have a number of houses throughout the city that will come in front of the commission on a condemnation hearing,” he said.