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July 16, 2014

Live Oak street work in the works?

City road improvements to be discussed at budget workshops

Live Oak —

The city of Live Oak will soon begin its budget workshops in preparation for the new fiscal budget year that starts in October. One of the items to be discussed during the workshops is road improvements within the city. 

“As part of the 2014-15 budget process, we will discuss with council potential priority projects for resurfacing and/or improvements,” said Live Oak City Manager Kerry Waldron. 

During the 2013-14 budget year, the city council allocated $300,000 toward road improvements. None of those funds were expended during the current budget year, however, the city did apply for grants to assist with road resurfacing, but was denied. 

“We had applied for a $700,000 Community Development Block Grant to resurface portions of McGee, Eva, Anna, Fifth, Woods, Horne, and Taylor,” he said. “Unfortunately, we were not selected for funding.”

Waldron said the city will request funding again from the council to further road resurfacing projects.

“It is our intent to recommend in the 2014-15 cycle another allocation of $300,000 for road improvements,” Waldron added. 

Waldron said the city is currently working with the National Guard to pave a section of Ichetucknee Road.

“We have supplied to the Guard at their request information pertaining to historical structures in the planned improvement area. They are evaluating,” he said. “We are awaiting their response and an anticipated road improvement schedule.”

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