KERANG residents are petitioning the Gannawarra Shire Council to see a dusty gravel road sealed with bitumen.
Nine residents and users of Pyramid Crescent have called on the council to see a gravel section between Cleeland Place and Victoria Street sealed.
The road reserve extends from East Street through to Victoria Street. Access is only available from the East Street end through to Fogarty Lane.
Pyramid Crescent resident, Jim McLeish wrote a letter to council with signatures from other residents aggrieved with the state of the road.
“At the moment the dust is atrocious. After it rains the road is nearly impassable and dangerous at the Cleeland Place end,” he said.
Mr McLeish said Pyramid Crescent is one of the few streets in Kerang that is not bitumen.
“We pay the same rates as everybody else,” he said.
Gannawarra Shire Council says sealing the road would only benefit a small number of properties and have a minimal community benefit for utilising council funds.
At the monthly council meeting on Wednesday, infrastructure, planning and regulatory services director, Geoff Rollinson recommended officers investigate and gauge the financial support of the residents for the development of the special charges scheme.
Mr Rollinson provided estimate sealing construction costs of $51,000 plus $20,200 for drainage.
Council would need to allocate within the 10-year capital works plan for no less than $18,000.
“Council currently has a list of roads where some community benefit would be achieved if funding for upgrades became available,” Mr Rollinson said.
“Pyramid Crescent does not appear on that list.”
Prior to the formation of the Gannawarra Shire Council, the Borough of Kerang did not see the sealing of the road as a significant community benefit as a “no-through road” with primary access to only two dwellings.
The council has used a road dust suppression product on the section of road for dust control.
Officers will prepare a report for presentation at the August council meeting.
DUSTY, DAMP: The northern section of Pyramid Crescent.
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