November 19, 2019 began a complete rebuild project at Burnett Drive. This two-lane road will be rebuilt with a third lane from just west of the newly rebuilt Long Street down to Beard Drive. New drain culvert, curbing and guttering along with new sidewalk on both sides of the street will go in, and new asphalt will complete the project. As of May 31, 2020, a section of Burnett from the project beginning to Burnett Drive has been paved, and the last section of sidewalk is going in. The cost to Burnett Drive is $332,731.76. The crew has reached the intersection at Bucher Drive, and they are temporarily stopping this project to move over to Medical Plaza Drive for a complete rebuild of that street beginning at Hospital Drive and completing at Buttercup. The reason for this rebuild is working with Baxter Regional Medical Center and their parking lot drainage issues while they are building their surgical center. New drainage culvert along with curbing and guttering and new sidewalk on both sides of this street will go in and new asphalt will finish it up as well. When the crew has Medical Plaza completed, they will then go back to Burnett Drive and complete that rebuild project which was to finish at Beard Drive, but will now continue on to Buttercup. With Burnett Drive complete, this will have the hospital surrounded by 3-lane roads that will have traffic flowing much better.
The crew that had been working at Hickory Park building the new stage, sidewalks and assisting with the installation of electrical has finished up. New electrical has been put in for vendors and this is now where the music will be during the summer. The Parks Department will be reimbursing the Street Department for their labor, materials and equipment use for this project. As of May 31, the cost to work at Hickory Park is $64,914.60. They have moved over to Gentry Street, off of Coley Drive, to do a complete rebuild of that street with new curb and guttering, drainage culvert, sidewalks and hot mix asphalt. They are also going to rebuild Market Street and Thorn Street when Gentry is finished. As of May 31, the total cost to Gentry Street is $28,751.93.
The Maintenance crew is currently working on sign maintenance, cleaning storm inlet boxes, checking and cleaning culverts as needed, and any regular street maintenance. The City rights of way are also being mowed throughout the summer months into fall. A survey crew is at McCabe Park working on the new walking path/bike trail that will be built soon. Also this month, the Street Department has been working on installing the new Entertainment District signs, along with pouring footings that will support the Christmas tree at Veterans Plaza 2000.
City Ordinance Reminders:
Ordinance Number 93-021, Section 1 of the City of Mountain Home Code states residents of the City of Mountain Home are prohibited from depositing or placing leaves, grass, debris or any other article on the city's streets or on drainage right-of-ways. Residents are prohibited from burning leaves, grass, debris or any other article on the city's streets or in ditches which are a part of the city's drainage system.
THE POLICE DEPARTMENT'S CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER WILL ISSUECITATIONS FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT CHOOSE TO BLOW GRASS CLIPPINGS AND LEAVES INTO THE STREET AND DRAINAGE DITCHES THROUGHOUT THE CITY.