4/18/2017 3:31:00 PM Jackson bricks sell like hotcakes
The bricks currently being taken up on the section of Main Street in Jackson between Bridge and Portsmouth streets as part of a resurfacing project, have proven to be a hot-ticket item. Though exact numbers have not been made available, Jackson Service/Safety Director Bill Sheward recently stated that 10s of thousands of the bricks were recently sold at auction. (Telegram Photo By Phillip Buffington)
At its most recent auction on Saturday, April 8, the City of Jackson had an unusual item on the selling block - approximately 100,000 bricks which were available because of the street resurfacing project on Main Street.
According to Service/Safety Director Bill Sheward, the bricks turned out to be a hot commodity. Sheward told Jackson City Council at its April 10 meeting that the majority of bricks from Main Street were sold at the auction. "There was a lot of interest," he commented, noting that three different buyers purchased approximately 20,000 bricks each.
It was too soon to report financial figures, but Sheward says if the bricks' sale generates $50,000 in revenue that would help pay back the city's 5 percent financial match it had to meet for the resurfacing project. Work on the 95-percent state-funded project, which involves the section of Main Street between Bridge and Portsmouth streets, began March 27 with that section to be closed for 60 days.
The project calls for the removal of the historic bricks with the new surface to be concrete at the bottom of the hill and asphalt for the remaining portion. In addition to the resurfacing, the project will also cover the cost of constructing new curbs, sidewalks and driveway approaches.
Sheward reported that construction crews have run into some problems while working "underneath the street," but says he hopes the project will be able to maintain its planned closure time of 60 days.
Other Meeting Business
Other topics aired at the Monday, April 10, meeting of Jackson City Council included the following:
-- The administration has completed its five-year forecast report on the city utilities and in response Utility Committee Chairman Jeff Elliott has scheduled a meeting of his committee for Monday, April 24 at 6 p.m. prior to the next regular council meeting.
-- Jail Committee Chairman Jon Ondera reported the committee would be meeting the next evening, April 11, at the Jackson County Municipal Court. He expected interested parties to make a trip in the near future to see a facility in Batavia. City Council President Eric Brown formed the Jail Committee earlier this year to address the ever increasing need for additional local jail space, especially for females.
-- Mayor Randy Heath, who also directs the city's recreation program, reported there were 350 youth participating in the baseball and softball programs and that games would start around May 1. He announced that sponsors were needed for some of the program's 28 teams and that the cost was in the range of $300 to $350 to sponsor a team.
-- Service/Safety Director Sheward reminded council and the public that the city's annual Cleanup Week would be observed April 24-28 and the city would dispose of additional items during this period. Tires, paints and chemicals will not be accepted, but furniture will be picked up at no additional charge as long as pieces are covered.
-- At-Large Councilman George Kitchen distributed copies of a proposed ordinance to "enact a nuisance property city management plan and policy for enforcement" and said he would like to have feedback on it from other city officials. Council President Pro Tem Jon Hensler instructed the Service Committee to meet to discuss the proposed legislation.
-- Second Ward Councilman Ron Queen reminded council and the public of the Jackson County Trout Festival set for the upcoming Saturday, April 15 at Hammertown Lake.
-- Council voted unanimously to approve an emergency ordinance to approve the appropriation of an additional $1,338 into the McKinley Park Recreation Fund. The money comes from donations, which were made to support the city-owned park and the private-sector efforts to maintain and develop it.