published Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Chattanooga adds more money to pave roads

Motorists in the 600 block of Boy Scout Road at Highway 153 deal with uneven pavement.
Motorists in the 600 block of Boy Scout Road at Highway 153 deal with uneven pavement.
Photo by Tim Barber.
Does the city spend enough on road maintenance?

The Chattanooga City Council has approved bolstering the paving road budget $700,000, making the total an all time high since 2004 at $2.5 million.

After Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke presented his 2014 $212 million budget, several city council members said they wanted to see more money in the $1.7 million budget designated for fixing roads.

After a week of talks, Berke's staff came back with an offer.

But in order to find the money, Berke's staff had to pull from other funding and Councilman Jerry Mitchell recommended cutting a $61,000 salary in the city auditor's office that was designated for addressing the city's sewer woes.

Councilman Chip Henderson said he's pleased that the administration listened and found a way to add money for fixing the roads.

"This is year one in a process," Henderson said.

The city council will move forward with the first reading of Berke's budget at tonight's meeting.

Read more: Top complaint in Chattanooga is street conditions

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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