By Tony Farkas
POINT BLANK — City leaders plan to try a new method for road repair in the city of Point Blank.
Mayor Mark Wood said that the council discussed projects that will start this week, which are the next step in the city’s repair plan.
Wood said the city has spent $40,000 of the roadwork budget of $70,000.
The city plans to use an alternate repair process, which involves scraping the existing asphalt, crushing it and mixing it with concrete, and then relaying the mixture and flattening it.
“It at least makes a good road base,” he said. “We’ll check on its longevity.”
He said the city plans to try the method on a portion of White Oak Street in the Northwood Subdivision.
The city also discussed its finances; Wood said that as of this month the city is in the black overall, even though some large roadwork bills came due.
Wood said that sales tax revenue for the city is holding up, and that biggest source of that tax money is Amazon, which is averaging $8,800 per month. He also said internet companies represent about 60 percent of all tax revenue for the city.
“It’s phenomenal how the market has changed in the last 10 years,” he said.
In other business, the council:
- discussed a regional mitigation program grant the city will receive, which amounts to about $500,000; and
- discussed fee collection from the city’s new short term lease ordinance.