At a December meeting of the City of Diamondhead, it was reported that the road re-paving project with Land Shaper Construction is now complete. A total of 25 roads were repaved throughout the city. Specific roads included in the $482,120 project were: Alakoko Place, Makiki Place cul-da-sac, Kalipekona Way, Alawai Avenue, Amoke Drive, Anahola Place, Auka Place cul-da-sac, Kome Drive, Hana Court, Kalae Street, Kahala Drive, Ewa Street, Ewa Place, Gulf Club Drive South of the water tower, Laie Street, Laie Place, Moanalua Way, Manini way, Kailua Place and cul-da-sac, Diamondhead Drive East between Aupuwi Place and Apona Street, Diamondhead Drive East between Anahola Place and Hana Court, Mauna Loa Place, and Gex Road. The city will consider more roads for re-paving in the near future.
The Council and Mayor are also considering using capital improvement funds to construct turning lanes for the Commercial Shopping Center in Diamondhead and requested designs from Mississippi Engineering and Development to see how this proposal could enhance the new access road, now officially named East Aloha Drive Extension.
Clovis Reed, city manager, asked the Mayor and City Council to provide recommendations for projects that could be submitted for funding consideration through the Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) before the January 20 deadline. Some of the projects under consideration may include bringing Aloha Drive from Rouse’s Market to Sheppard’s Square up to City standards, extending the pedestrian sidewalk on Golf Club Drive to Kapalama Drive, and establishing a multi-modal path down Noma Drive to the new recreation fields. The city will also consider drainage and/or parking studies, some of which were presented to the Mayor and City Council by Jason Chiniche of Chiniche Engineering during his presentation on Kome Drive. Any projects submitted will have a matching funds requirement from the city.
The City is also working on a proposal to become designated as a bicycle friendly community. To support this application, due in March 2017, the city adopted a Complete Streets Policy recommended by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Metropolitan Planning Organization. This policy sets forth that the city will design and build roads that meet the needs of all road users (i.e., pedestrians, bicyclists, users of mass transit, people with disabilities, older adults and young children, motorists, freight providers, emergency responders and adjacent land users).
In other business, the City approved the low bid in the amount of $91,480.62 from Twin L Construction as the contractor to build the new City Hall Exercise Fitness Trail. And, resolutions were passed to authorize the Diamondhead Country Club (DCC) and Property Owners Association (POA) to re-adopt the median on Gex Drive North and South of the Interstate and authorized a right of way agreement. They also approved an amendment to the Commercial Lease Agreement with DCC and POA to extend the term of the agreement for use of the maintenance yard to September 30, 2017.