Published On: Thu, Jul 18th, 2013

Road to be extended in Industrial Park

LAUREL — Industrial Park road is being extended.

Plans have been made to extend it for the benefit of those driving in the Industrial Park, said Project Manager Roger Protzmann of JEO Consulting, Norfolk.

The Laurel Council gave JEO the go-ahead to seek necessary permits and begin the process, said Mayor Mark Patefield.

Protzmann plans on placing advertisements for bids, and is proceeding with obtaining permits for construction and for water and sewer utilities.

Paving was added along 870th Road for safety and to prevent damage to the county road, estimated at about $50,000, although he believes the estimate is a little high. Weak soils were another part of the cost opinion being fairly high, he said.

Some design issues were raised by the Council regarding the thickness of the road being built. In comparison, other roads with the same thickness have not handled trucks well, but Protzmann said he is confident with the designers’ decision.

The Laurel City Council also approved a change to amend industrial zoning regulations at last week’s City Council meeting, for alcohol consumption and sale, to not only include food service, restaurants and taverns, but also catering services and banquet halls. All of these businesses will have the same regulations.

Private functions will be limited to alcoholic consumption on the premises and not be open to the general public.

The next City Council meeting is Aug. 12.