Several Ravenswood streets to be paved this summer

Suzette Lowe

Several streets in Ravenswood will see paving done thanks to action taken by the Ravenswood City Council at its May 18 meeting.

Two companies submitted bids for the project with Kelly Paving Inc. being awarded the job. The amount submitted by Brown Asphalt Company was $358,773, while Kelly Paving was $328,860. Council narrowed down the streets to be paved to fit the budget of approximately $225,000.

“I’m pretty confident that once paving season is over, there will be funds available to finish the other streets as well,” said Mayor Josh Miller.

It was pointed out that, with the completion of the current project, over $700,000 has been spent on paving streets in the last four years.

The parking lot at the city pool will be removed from the list entirely. The mayor said he will seek other companies to bid on this portion to find a more manageable cost.

Streets chosen for paving are:

  • Mulberry (Washington-Race)
  • Mulberry (Washington-Virginia)
  • Walnut (Washington-Race)
  • Hillcrest x 2 (Boso-New Pavement)
  • Wilson (Sand-Ashton)
  • Preston (Sand-Ashton)
  • Ann (Walnut-Sand)
  • Front (Sycamore-Front)
  • Henry (Walnut-Sand)
  • Wall (Washington-Virginia)
  • Virginia (Sycamore-Plaza)
  • Fleming (Seam-408).

Streets that will be paved later are:

  • Virginia (Brown-Wood)
  • Ann (Brown-Gibbs)
  • Ann (Wood-Brown)
  • Henrietta (Brown-Wood)
  • Wood (Washington-Dead end)

Additional good news was shared regarding local businesses.

Mayor Miller announced the five businesses that will receive façade grants of $1500 from the Jackson County Development Authority (JCDA). Additional businesses will receive the same amount from the City of Ravenswood in cooperation with the Ravenswood Development Authority.

“We certainly want to encourage our downtown businesses,” Miller said.

The businesses receiving grants from the JCDA include Ravenswood Floral and Gifts, Hope House Ministries, Ravenswood Inn Bed & Breakfast, Niche Polymer and Humpty Dumpty Nursery School. The additional businesses approved by city council are Wright Electric, Steaming Cup Café, SS Accounting, The Sit & Spin, Angell Accounting, Affectionately Yours Floral, Courts Corner Salon, Maximum Fitness and Frontier Flooring and Furniture.

Ravenswood High School coach Chris Michaels presented a plaque to the city of Ravenswood.

Council members Dee Scritchfield, Jared Bloxton, Denise Toler, Mayor Josh Miller, Amanda Slaven and Steve Tucker received a plaque of appreciation for support of Ravenswood High School and athletics from Coach Chris Michaels.

“I wanted to express appreciation to the city of Ravenswood for its continued support of our efforts to enhance and upgrade the gym,” Michaels said. “With your donation, along with over 50 others from

individuals and businesses and $6,000 from the Jackson County Community Foundation, we’ve raised over $20,000 to put towards the project.”

Two large murals, replacement and expansion of current safety pads, adding viny words to existing pads, adding an external sign and purchasing a television for the locker room for viewing game film are the focus of the project.

“We will be having a celebration on October 2 where the gym will be renamed the Deviilette Athletic Center,” Michaels said.

In other business, council members Steve Tucker, Dee Scritchfield, Denise Toler, Amanda Slaven, city recorder Jared Bloxton and Nick Fox appearing by phone:

· Approved the bond ordinance as it relates to the Ravenswood Municipal Water Project, after the third reading and public hearing at which no one spoke

· Learned that the city pool will open May 30 from 12 pm to 5 pm with free admission

· Learned the first ‘Music at the Mac’, sponsored by the Ravenswood Board of Parks and Recreation, will be May 22 at 7 pm at the Macintosh House, featuring The Johnny Staats Project

The next meeting of the Ravenswood City Council will be June 1 at 7 pm at the Ravenswood Municipal Complex.