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Crisfield City Council Votes to Repave Secondary Roads

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CRISFIELD, Md.- In a 3-2 vote this week, Crisfield's City Council moved to borrow a $500,000 loan to repave badly damaged secondary roads. Federal Hurricane Sandy Aid has already allowed repaving work to being on some specific town roads; but because of strict requirements not all Crisfield roads benefited from the funding. 

The City Council's goal is to have its secondary roads repaved along with the roads currently being addressed with the federal funding. Through Hurricane Sandy funding the following streets will be repaved by July, along with drainage and curbing:

  • Wynfall Avenue from Maryland Avenue to Hall Highway
  • Myrtle Street from Potomac to Cheasapeake Avenue
  • Broadway from 2nd Street to 7th Street
  • 4th Street from Richardson Avenue to Broadway Intersection
  • 7th Street from 100 feet West of Broadway to 4th Street
  • Maple Street from 1st Street to Myrtle Street

The $500,000 loan will be used to repave the following streets in priority of importance:

  • Hammock Point Road, plus Cul-de-sac
  • Somerset Avenue from Cove Street to Woodson School Road
  • Pine Street from 3rd Street to 4th Street
  • Mercury Drive to County Line residential curb
  • Anchore Drive, plus Cul-de-sac and three curbs

Neighbors like Buddy Carson on Hammock Point Road said repaving of the road has been long overdue.

"If you just ride down them it addresses itself; it will tell you it's full of potholes. The road was a three layer tar and chip when it originally was put in, and since then there's been no repairs done to it," Carson said.

Councilman Mark Konapelski voted against borrowing a loan; he said taking out a loan is not the right move. 

"I had a great many concerns with it; one we don't have the money, we have to take a loan, and streets do not generate money and the streets we are going to use the money towards are secondary or third streets that aren't even used to bring commerce into the city," Konapelski said. 

Carson disagrees and said the city is a business, one of the largest businesses in town and if a business doesn't borrow money to improve itself and update itself, it dies.

Konapelski said borrowing the money puts the town in a bad financial position. Others acknowledge the decision was tough, but necessary to move the town in the right business direction.

The repaving work on a majority of the city's roads is expected to be completed by July. 

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