Business: Potholes drive away customers

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Ronnie Leet isn’t asking for much &045;&045; just a road to his business that people can use.

Leet, a consultant with Carquest Auto Parts on Hickory Road, spoke to the Selma City Council at its work session Monday about the condition of the road. A number of potholes are causing customers to stay away even though they want to do business with him, Leet told council members.

Council President George Evans said he had spoken with Selma Mayor James Perkins Jr. and architects about repairs, and the estimated cost was around $58,000.

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Councilwoman Rita Sims Franklin explained a method of fixing the potholes using coal mix; Leet, though, said he just wanted a solution allowing people safe access to his business.

Leet also said the council members needed to think about their liability if a car loses control and has an accident because of the road’s condition.

Councilwoman Nancy Sewell suggested monies gained from the 2000 bond issue and oil lease be used to fix Hickory Road.

Sewell then asked Selma Finance Director Vickey Locke if any funds could be found to pay for road repairs. Locke said she would check the 1999 bond issue for available monies.

Evans asked Locke to examine the information and bring back figures for both the 1999 and 2002 bond issues.

Instead of waiting until the next council meeting, Locke said she’d put the information in council members’ mailboxes at City Hall.

In other matters the council:

Sewell said it’s conceivable the city would be liable because it wasn’t enforcing the noise ordinance.

Councilwoman Rita Sims Franklin said some of the merchants were selling furniture and Selma wasn’t receiving sales tax from the purchases.