An overlay to repair Preston Street was moved up to this year when the Mount Pleasant City Commission amended its 2013 budget Monday night.
The amendment was the first one to this year’s budget, with commissioners voting 6-1 to postpone the planned overlay to Adams Street and adding the repair of Preston Street.
City Manager Kathie Grinzinger said the city’s capital improvement plan has assumed a repair for a portion of Preston Street for several years, but the repairs have been delayed at least twice to give Central Michigan University time to complete its Master Transportation and Parking Plan.
“During this interval, the condition of Preston Street has continued to deteriorate,” Grinzinger said. “The construction of the new medical school has exacerbated that decline over the last year.”
Grinzinger said CMU might not finalize their plan for another two years, which would only increase the cost of the repairs if nothing was done until then.
Director of Public Works Roger Rousse said at least an overlay was necessary for the road.
To keep the budget balanced, another project had to be eliminated or pushed back.
Delaying the Adams Street repair worked best because costs are believed to be similar.
“Adams (Street) is a little longer, but Preston (Street) has crosswalks, so we think that the amount of money in budget for Adams will be sufficient to take care of the Preston Street job,” Grinzinger said.
The amount allotted for the Adams Street project was $68,300.
Commissioner Jim Holton was the lone dissenting vote in the decision.
He said he’d like to see the two streets be able to be fixed this year without pushing the Adams Street overlay to 2015.
“I’m just thinking about this and trying to figure out how to do both, that’s all,” Holton said. “I’m just trying to find a solution for it, because I’m always big on infrastructure within the city, which should be our top priority. I’d like to work on that.”
Rousse said bidding for the job will go out in March with no set date on when the work will begin.
The overlay on Preston Street will start at the entrance drive to the CVS Pharmacy, 1306 S. Mission St., and will go 1,780 feet west to the crosswalk at the CMU Park Library.