Work to start on Morse Avenue

Road project could be completed by winter

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Work on Morse Avenue is expected to begin within the next couple of weeks, according to city officials.

<br>Patrick Whitehurst/WGCN<br> Work on Morse Avenue is expected to begin within the next couple of weeks, according to city officials.

WILLIAMS - The long-awaited Morse Avenue/Rodeo Road project has finally gotten a green light, according to city officials. Members of Williams City Council voted to approve the road extension project at their regular meeting Aug.

12. Work on the road is expected to begin within the next two weeks.

The Morse Avenue project, when finished, will result in a paved road near the Taco Bell/Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant to the corner of Rodeo and Airport Road near Old Trails True Value. The project will also align the road near the McDonalds restaurant and add improvements to Humboldt Street, according to city officials. The Morse Avenue project is estimated at $629,000. The Humboldt Street portion of the project is estimated at $130,000. Cost for the total project is about $760,000, according to early engineering estimates.

Williams Mayor John Moore said he was happy to see the project move forward at the recent council meeting.

"It seemed like we had a reasonably short meeting, but we accomplished a lot. One of the things I liked best was we approved the bid for the continuation of Rodeo Road, which was Morse Avenue," Moore said. "That project will start in a couple of weeks. It's going to be built."

The contract to do the extension was awarded to L.P. Excavating, Moore said.

"Larry Pittenger has got it. As soon as they get geared up, they will be starting on it. A completion date should be before winter sets in again," Moore said.

Other council matters

Council members also approved a request for proposals (RFP's) during the Aug. 12 meeting in order to start work on new hangars at the airport in Williams.

"If we can find interest, or some money, we're going to try and get some hangars out there," Moore said. "We've got that nice airport and no place to park planes."

Council members also unanimously approved a liquor license for the newly re-opened Winchester Steak House during their Aug. 12 meeting.

Council members also approved the appointment of resident board member Annamina Rushing to the area Housing Authority.

Besides their regular agenda items, council members also entered into an executive session for a personnel matter.

The meeting will be the only one for members of Williams City Council for the month of August. A number of city officials will be attending training in southern Arizona with the Arizona League of Cities and Towns. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held Sept. 9 at the offices of City Hall on First St.

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