MOREHEAD Nancy Graham is a resident on Pine Hill Drive and approached city council Monday evening for a better traffic solution.
The street in currently a two-way through road between Knapp Avenue and Edgewood Lane.
Graham says the road is narrow and has a blind spot where her drive connects to the road.
“If you meet someone, you have to back up,” she said. “And I’m not a very good backer,” she added jokingly.
Councilmember Beth Ousley agreed the current condition of the road was a valid concern. Councilmember Tom Carew asked Graham if she had a preferred direction if it becomes a one-way street. She did not have an opinion.
However, Morehead Fire Chief Jeff Anderson was included on the conversation. Concerns were voiced about whether a fire truck could make a turn and also reach a fire hydrant.
Anderson said the department’s trucks carry enough hose to to reach the nearest hydrant.
Council agreed to take the matter under consideration after taking a closer look at the current situation on the street.
Graham also voiced concerns about the recent $2 addition to every residential Morehead Utility Plant Board (MUPB) customer inside city limits.
“I can pay the $2,” she said. “But there are a lot of people in this town who might not be able to.”
She also pointed out that a storm drain did not exist on or near her property and as she lives on a hill, most of the water drains toward Knapp Avenue.
An ordinance was suggested by Graham that property owners be responsible for keeping their property clean which would in turn help keep drain pipes from becoming clogged with debris.
Councilmember Glen Teager is council’s representative on MUPB and explained to Graham the fee is meant to repair underground drain pipes.
“We have collapsed pipes all over the city,” he said.
The underground infrastructure is badly damaged in some places.
Teager said MUPB workers have already been repairing those pipes even though there is no income dedicated to maintaining that system.
New federal regulations, known as “MS4,” would have required these changes later this year. MUPB simply implemented the $2 fee sooner to continue repairing the drain system.
Council also unanimously appointed Becky Davison to the Board of Zoning Adjustment, replacing Jack Whidden who no longer wished to serve.
Council will meet again on Monday, March 9, at 6 p.m. at the city building on Bridge Street.
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