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Decatur company hired to help fix city roads

Decatur will pay Magnolia River to use their geographical technology in order to gain data and information on the conditions of city roads.

Posted: Jul 6, 2018 5:49 PM
Updated: Jul 6, 2018 6:51 PM

The Decatur City Council approved a new city street paving program.

The city will pay Magnolia River, an engineering consultant company, almost $86,000 a year to have the company rate and gather information on city streets.

Daniel Lee lives in Decatur and says pot holes are a problem on the roads.

"We've got some consistently bad roads. It seems often that the ones they fix are not the ones that are really bad," Lee said.

The city is taking steps to fix the problem after approving Magnolia River to use their geographical information system program to gather information and data on city streets and roads. Ginger Cobl, who has lived in Decatur for 11 years, likes the idea.

"It sounds like a sound idea, I mean to use technology of a local company to be able to pinpoint where the bad spots are and immediately take care of those," Cobl said.

Magnola River will analyze every city street in Decatur and will rate the streets between 1 and 10. The roads that need the most help will receive a 10.

Cobl likes the idea that a local company that knows the area is being hired.

"Again it is dealing with a local company so that's a good thing, rather than some foreign company somewhere else," Cobl said.

Lee thinks the plan will simply make things for fair.

"It sounds good, takes the politics out of it," Lee said. "Let the roads get taken care of because they are bad, not because they are in my district."

Magnolia river is already starting to map roads in the city.

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