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State gives Lake Arthur grant to repair section of street

Last Modified: Friday, August 08, 2014 12:23 PM

By Kara Carrier / American Press

LAKE ARTHUR — A $16,000 state grant has been awarded to the town to help with the repairs of a section of Arthur Avenue.

Mayor Robbie Bertrand said the town will use money to repair and replace the roadway at Arthur Avenue’s southernmost tip, where it meets the lakefront.

“That area has failed terribly around the oak tree,” Bertrand said. “Everyone can hear the clunk. It’s terrible. It’s not a normal roadway.”

Most of the damage has been done by tree roots, he said. The town is working with an engineer to create bid specifications for the project, which will include concrete removal and excavating.

Preliminary estimates tag the project at $30,000-$70,000, he said. The town will use money from the street department to augment the project funding, he said.

The project will inconvenience many downtown businesses and visitors for two to three weeks, he said.

The town also agreed to use $7,921 from a library savings fund to replace computers and place a bronze statue in the front garden of the Lake Arthur Library.

The money was given to the town by an anonymous donor in January 1974 and has been sitting in a checking account since that time, Bertrand said.

When the donation was made, the town owned the library and no use was specified for the money, he said.

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