By David Lazenby

BAILEYTON — Despite at least one councilor’s concern about cost, the Baileyton Town Council on Monday voted unanimously to pave a 0.65-mile stretch of road expected to cost about $100,000.

Bobby Martin expressed concern about laying asphalt on Applegrove Road will take up almost half of the town’s $203,000 road budget.

Also, he said he was not sure the chip seal road needs asphalt immediately.

“I just thought the road was good for another year or so,” Martin said after the meeting about his initial opposition.

Martin said one reason he voted for the paving is the escalating price of asphalt, which Mayor Paul Bailey said has gone up 50 percent in recent years.

“It may be a good thing to go ahead and do it the way prices are going up,” Martin said.

Councilor Joe Golden agreed. “It’s not going to get any cheaper,” he said.

Bailey said he is not concerned about using almost half the road budget for one street. “I think in general the roads are in pretty good shape,” Bailey said.

The road project is not the only resurfacing planned for the town. New carpet installation began Tuesday at the town hall. Bailey said the job was expected to take about four days to complete.

At the council’s previous meeting, the board approved a $3,337.19 contract with Walker Bros. LTD to install 214 square yards of new carpeting at the facility.

Chico Thompson, a Walker Bros. representative, said the company would also install new vinyl floors in the facility’s bathrooms and kitchen area.

Also at Monday’s meeting, Greg Henderson presented on behalf of Wal-Mart a check for $2,000 donated to the town’s park and recreation department.

“This can go towards whatever ya’ll see fit,” said Henderson who added after the meeting his mother, Billie Jean Henderson, a long-time Wal-Mart dispatcher, was instrumental in getting the donation.

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