A street improvement bond election in August 1986 in Corsicana, Texas, was defeated by a margin of 62% to 38%. After the defeat, city officials were forced to re-examine street maintenance priorities and the street department, and establish new goals. Early in 1988 a number of changes were instituted to reach these goals. Nearly half of the employees in the street department were replaced due to retirements, transfers, or terminations. The public works director retired and the department was put under the direction of the city engineer, who had an extensive background in street construction and repair. A professional consultant was hired to develop an objective street maintenance program. The consultant used computer, video, and dynaflection technology to establish the program for Corsicana. Additionally, the city included the reconstruction of a major thoroughfare in its 1988-89 budget and purchased a street patching machine and a roller for the street department. The city's strategy for selling the new image involved working with the local media and an "Adopt-A-Pothole" program.

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  • Accession Number: 00488062
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1989 12:00AM