Road improvements on Avenue J — which provides access to the Project Maverick site — are scheduled to move forward to help prepare the site for development.
“The engineering work has started on Avenue J ... . Surveying is scheduled to start next week and in 60 days they’ll have that turned around so we can get the project bid and the road built by the end of this year,” said River Ridge Engineer Marc Hildenbrand.
A decision to move forward on road maintenance for another road in River Ridge Commerce Center did not move along as smoothly.
Maintenance on Paul Garrett Avenue, formerly Waterline Road, was discussed to determine who should pave it — at an estimated cost of $225,000 — and ultimately take over regular maintenance of the road.
“My personal thinking is that River Ridge should be responsible for the routine maintenance of the road,” Acy said.
While no board members offered an outright objection to paving or taking over maintenance of the road, the way in which the resolution to approve the paving work came before the board was questioned.
“Our long-standing expectation is that any resolution coming before this board be presented to us in board packet ... preceeding the meeting,” said Development Authority Board President Mark Robinson.
Robinson explained that while he did not necessarily object to the resolution, he would not vote to approve it because he had not had adequate time to review the proposal. He also offered that he did not want to take a vote because he told Board Member Ned Pfau, who was not in attendance, that the vote would not take place.
But Board Member Kim Matthews, who introduced the resolution was upset because of a promise he made to the Utica Town Council, which attended Tuesday’s meeting, that River Ridge would take over the maintenance of the road.