The decision came during a special meeting of the board on Wednesday, June 27.

Making use of the money received from the Monroe County 36/72 Transportation District, the Monroe City Board of Aldermen voted to asphalt South Border Street from U.S. Highway 24 to West Border Street. The decision came during a special meeting of the board on Wednesday, June 27.

The 3-1 vote came only after the board received assurance from Kevin O’Bryan that South Border Street was the next street listed in the city’s resurfacing plan. Although the city only received the funds last week, the council and Mayor John Long felt that since contractor Chester Bross was in town asphalting other streets, it would be wise to catch him while he is here and the city has the extra funds to use on streets.

The cost to asphalt South Border Street, a highly traveled street, is estimated at $47,000. The city received $49,575.70 from the Monroe County 36/72 Transportation District.

Voting for the project were aldermen Connie Painter, Jason Osbourne and Melissa Hays. Alderman Marvin Viloria cast the lone no vote stating he was opposed because he felt that the alley off Mill Street that goes to the south by the Senior Housing complex should be paved first. Mayor Long asked that Viloria’s objection be noted in the board minutes.