• Priceville Blueprint

    Be a part of the future!
    The Town of Priceville has initiated a partnership with DesignAlabama, as a part of the DesignPlace program to look at the future of our community and they need your help!
    You are invited to “Priceville Blueprint” on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the Priceville Municipal Building. Event starts at 6:00 P.M.
    For [...]

  • Priceville approves fuel-tax increase

    From The Decatur Daily
    by Evan Belanger
    PRICEVILLE — The Town Council on Monday approved a 1-cent fuel tax increase and a fiscal 2018 budget that included funding to start work on a new fire station as well as hire an additional police officer.
    Meanwhile, councilmen discussed an emerging plan to build from scratch a downtown in the [...]

  • Priceville could pay for road extension with leftovers from $7M rec center

    From The Decatur Daily
    by Evan Belanger
    PRICEVILLE — After approving a $9 million bond issue last week, town officials plan to build and open by next fall a 66,000-square-foot recreation center at North Park.
    They’re also planning to use a portion of the bond proceeds to extend Marco Drive to East Upper River Road in a bid [...]

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Priceville explores extending Marco Drive

From The Decatur Daily
by Jonece Dunigan

PRICEVILLE – An increase in population and planned residential housing projects have prompted Priceville officials to explore extending Marco Drive.

Town Councilman Don Livingston, streets and drainage chairman, said extending the five-lane road north by 3,300 feet to East Upper River Road and adding a roundabout in front of the municipal building could cost an estimated $900,000 if the town did all the work. Contracting the project would cause expenses to jump to $2.3 million, he said.

The council might borrow at least part of the money to finance the construction.

“We don’t want to extend our town in the red. We try to stay in the black,” Livingston said. “The mayor is really frugal. Anytime we get too far, he will pull back the reins on us.”

A population boom is in store for the northern portion of Priceville during the next few years. The 200-lot Baker Farms subdivision soon will be constructed on property neighboring the new Priceville High on Bethel Road. Olde River Crossing, with 107 homes, is across the street from the 119,000-square-foot school.

Mayor Melvin Duran said extending Marco Drive would alleviate traffic and give parents, students and other residents another outlet to get around town.

“It’s a safety thing, and it’s also an economic thing,” Duran said. “If we get businesses on Marco, people are going to need a way to get in from Upper River without having to go all the way around to Cave Springs or even (Alabama) 67 to get into the businesses.”

Birmingham engineering firm Goodwyn, Mills and Caywood has sketched the possible extension, and work on engineering plans could be started before the end of the year, Livingston said. But the project remains in the planning stage, and the Town Council has not voted to move forward with it. The road ends now in front of the municipal building.

“It’s just a need that I know is coming,” Livingston said. “We’re trying to stay ahead of the traffic flow.”

It could take two years to develop the road, Duran said.

Council members based the timetable off the Cave Springs Road construction a couple of years ago. The two-lane street was supposed to take 5 to 10 years, but the city finished it ahead of schedule.

“We just sort of started on it one day and told our people to start cleaning it up,” Livingston said. “The next thing you know, we got it rolling and got it done.”

But Marco presents different challenges. It would cost an estimated $100,000 to build a bridge over a major drainage system running through the proposed area. The street would be five lanes wide including the turn lane, and building it could overwhelm the town’s four-member street crew.

“Our town is continuously changing and our employees stay really busy,” Livingston said. “It’s hard to pull them off what they’re doing and say, ‘You’re going to work here.’”

The Morgan County Commission can help alleviate some of the labor troubles.

Commissioner Jeff Clark, whose district includes Priceville, said the county provided about $50,000 worth of labor for the Cave Springs project. The town provided the dirt.

Nothing has been finalized about helping the town on Marco Drive, Clark said. But he said he is willing to help.

“In the next 10 years, there will be a lot of changes as far as traffic needs,” Clark said. “I hope they get it done as quickly as they can.”

Duran said they don’t have to do the project all at once. He said the town can spend up to $60,000 on the roundabout and do the rest in parts. More business in the town would expedite the project, he said.

“You get enough sales tax coming in and we can start it all at one time,” Duran said.

Clark surveyed the area more than a month ago and estimated the cost at $1 million.

“There aren’t any real issues like sinkholes, wetlands or unsuitable dirt that will deter a road to be built there,” Livingston said. “You don’t have to bring more dirt to build it.”

Clark said it will be interesting to see how a farming community will keep up with the growth. Priceville’s population increased 70 percent to 2,948 from 1990 to 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But more people means more requests for infrastructure items like signal lights.

“The growth is a little faster than expected,” Clark said. “Priceville and the county will have to be attentive to the needs of the people out here so we don’t hinder growth by failing to do our job.”