Tucker Creek, MacDonald Downs, Hickman Hills to be affected

Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 12:09 AM.

“We need to do a lot of legwork in advance so that we’re all talking on the same page and we all have it figured out in advance,” Walsh said.

Commissioners said that the city needed to get help from county, state and federal elected officials.

Lewis said the city needed to tread lightly. After all, congressional representatives had a hand in helping get the project off the ground after city officials expressed concern over vehicle crashes and frequent traffic backups during rush hours, he said.

“The talk’s been thrown around that we’ll just kill the project and I don’t think for political capital, it’s not that simple,” he said. “So just to throw that in everybody’s mind, it’s a decision we’re going to have to think long and hard about if we can’t mitigate everything that we want. We certainly don’t want to make our citizens’ lives harder, but at the same time we don’t want to destroy relationships that have been built over the last several years.”

The $20.5 million project is slated to start in December with right-of-way acquisition. Construction is set for December of 2015.

In other business Monday night, the board:

-- decided against moving forward with a pay and classification study in lieu of having the city manager make proposed adjustments to pay scales and bring forward the proposals to the board;

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