By LEVI PASCHER
Fulton County Express
GLOVERSVILLE – The city’s recent approach of using an oil and stone resurfacing plan kicked up the dust for some city residents.
While the plan allowed the city to resurface more streets it unexpectedly created a dirty situation for residents living and driving along the 13 streets that were repaired. In fact, the dust and stones created enough of a mess that Mayor Dayton King has announced the oil and stone method will not be used again during the rest of his term in office.
“I empathize with those people that live near one of the streets that were resurfaced and I’ve definitely noticed the mess it created,” King said. “If you’re dressed up for work and getting hit with rocks or dust it’s frustrating. We can’t make that mistake again.”
Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones previously advised the council paving with blacktop would have been more expensive for the city due to new guidelines within the Americans with Disabilities Act which requires any funded resurfacing project that alters the road to include sidewalk and curbing improvements at intersections to make them handicapped-accessible.
King said he and members of the council accepted Jones recommendation but neither expected the dust to be as bad as it was during the process.
“It’s up to me to make sure we did all of our research and I wish we called other cities to see if they used this process before but we failed to do that,” King said. “I take responsibility for that and it won’t happen again. When we first started talking about it we had the option of doing six roads with curb cuts or we could do 13 this way. The previous winter left us in a situation where we felt we had to address as many streets as possible.”
First Ward Councilwoman Robin Wentworth said she believes this year’s paving method didn’t work and the city should consider using blacktop again in the future.
“It was a total mess and at no time was it presented to the council that there would have been this type of mess,” Wentworth said. “I don’t know what went wrong.”
Jones said he believes overall the oil and stone treatment worked well but he didn’t anticipate the dust it created throughout the city.
“The dust was bad and it took us by surprise,” Jones said. “That shouldn’t have happened like that but other than the dust it’s starting to look good.”
He said the oil and stone process takes a few weeks for the product to settle and bond together.
Jones said at the next meeting he will review the process with the council and explain the alternative methods it could consider in the future.
“People are just starting to see finished product and it’s a little on the early side to evaluate how it worked,” Jones said.