Chapel Hill announces paving projects

Friday, March 15, 2013

By Clint Confehr

Senior Staff Writer

Road paving projects estimated at $133,000 to $200,000 are planned in Chapel Hill where the priority will be streets that were torn up for a sewer project, the town administrator said Tuesday.

Eveningside Drive, Hastings Street and Crestview Drive are to be resurfaced. Town Administrator Mike Hatten said, "We know for sure that those will be paved in conjunction with the sewer projects."

Hurt and Spring Creek streets might also be paved, depending on prices revealed by a bid opening in Town Hall at 2 p.m. on April 2, Hatten said.

"We're going to have four options to bid out," he said.

Chapel Hill's mayor and aldermen voted Monday authorizing the bid call.

In conjunction with the resurfacing, Hatten said, "We're landscaping and restoring the homeowners' yards that were affected by the sewer project."

The South Central Community Development District is administering a block grant for rehabilitation of sewers, the town administrator said. Chapel Hill is paying 20 percent of the sewer upgrade while the state grant is paying 80 percent of the cost of nearly $400,000 for sewer rehabilitation and subsequent road repair.

Chapel Hill's consulting engineer, Will Owen of Griggs & Maloney Engineering, Murfreesboro, is managing the bid process, including examination of the bids, Hatten said. Owen is to recommend a vendor from the bids to the town board.

Other business considered during the board's monthly meeting included the town's annual budget, and a draft of design review guidelines.

The town board assigned planning commissioners to serve as a design committee. It's been writing guidelines to set an aesthetic standard to improve the town's image.

The guidelines are to improve the "overall beauty of the town," Hatten said. Proposed building code changes apply to new construction. As planned, there could be a requirement for a brick fašade on buildings.

"We're getting away from metal building fronts, compared to what we'd like to see in town," the administrator said.

Town officials are also planning to have "more stringent buffer zones," he said, referring to the separation of buildings from other structures and roads.

"At the end of the day it increases the quality of life, but it remains developer friendly," Hatten said, contrasting what Chapel Hill leaders want with municipal building and zoning codes in Brentwood and Franklin.

For example, Brentwood's residential zoning requires one-acre lots for single-family dwellings. Franklin's design standards are detailed, specific and in at least one commercial zone favored muted colors instead of primary colors.

"Curbside appeal" is the goal in Chapel Hill, Hatten said.