CITY OF SANFORD: Council considers ways to dress up Hawkins Avenue roundabouts

Mar. 13, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Construction of two roundabouts on Hawkins Avenue at the on- and off-ramps of U.S. Highway 1 is set to begin this summer, and Sanford City Council intends to beautify the thoroughfare during the process.

Sanford City Council members considered a presentation from Mike Norris, McGill Associates Director of Land Planning and Recreation, and Sanford Public Works Director Victor Czar about how to beautify the two roundabouts.

The N.C. Department of Transportation is installing the two roundabouts as a result of numerous accidents that have occurred in that area, Czar said.

"This creates an interesting opportunity for us," he said. "Essentially, this is an opportunity to enhance those roundabouts. DOT is in the business of moving traffic with as much asphalt and concrete as they deem necessary. We may want something different. It's an opportunity to maybe spice up some things."

The city might be interested in incorporating brick overlay, trees and signage, among other items, into the construction of the projects, Norris said. The city could use artificial grass to cut down on maintenance and add lights to the area.

The estimated cost, excluding the cost of lights, is $175,000.

Despite not taking a formal vote, council members seemed to be in agreement and give the OK to move forward with the project, according to Sanford Mayor Chet Mann.

The city also intends to expand the current 10-inch water line to a 20-inch line to "take care of long-term" water problems for the county's industrial park, according to City Manager Hal Hegwer.

In other matters, Council considered:

* Designating Sanford Police Capt. Ray Bullard as the person who makes recommendations to the N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission on local ABC permit applications.

* Advertising the electronic sale of the city's personal property, including several vehicles, officer supplies and power tools. The online auction will go live at 8 a.m. April 1 at www.govdeals.com.

* Renewing the Deer Urban Archery Season.

* Recommendations from the Destination Sanford subcommittee of the Sanford Area Board of Realtors to adopt a new urban style code and give the current code enforcement department more enforcement tools.

* Establishing a Neighborhood Advisory Council and Citizen Academy to solicit feedback from the public on how to help solve neighborhood problems and inform residents about the work local government does.