Peoria City Council

Peoria City Council approved 189-home gate community in Old Town Peoria, left, and $4 million for road repaving, including a long stretch of Bell Road. 

Peoria City Council last week paved the way for more paving: More roads, more homes.

Before getting down to the heavy business of writing checks and approving developments, at its Jan. 21 meeting, council honored the state champion Liberty High football team.

According to a proclamation, “Coach Mark Smith led the program to its first state title in school history. While their season was met with many challenges and close games, the team lived up to its  motto ‘Leave No Doubt’ by winning the state championship game in overtime.”

Council also proclaimed January as “Speak Up, Stand Up, Save a Life Month,” acknowledging the youth program aimed at preventing teen suicides (see story, page 26).

Later in the Jan. 21 meeting, council approved paying Nesbitt Contracting $4 million for two road projects. 

A $2.1 million repaving is for the communities of Foxwood 1 and 2 and Sweetwater Ridge 1, 2, and 3, bounded by 72nd Drive to 75th Avenue, Cactus Road to Sweetwater Avenue and 71st Avenue to 75th Avenue from Sweetwater Avenue north to Thunderbird Road. 

According to agenda material, “The project will consist of edge milling and roadway profiling to facilitate a smooth surface and strong bond. This ‘mill and overlay’ will provide a smooth riding surface, reduce ongoing maintenance costs and increase the pavement life cycle of treated roads.”

Those who drive on Bell Road can expect delays, as Peoria City Council also approved just under $2 million for Bell Road from the Loop 101 west to the city limit.

The Bell Road project is “to repair and restore this road to excellent condition and extend its functional life cycle.”

Council passed both paving projects and a housing project unanimously.

Christopher Todd Communities is to be a 189-home gated community on 18 acres at 83rd and Olive avenues.

The Old Town Peoria location is one-half mile from Peoria City Hall.

Council also approved $330,000 in parks and recreation projects, with two-thirds funding in a grant  from the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority.

The funding provides for new treadmills at Rio Vista Recreation Center, portable soccer goals for youth sports programs and deck tables at Peoria, Sunrise Mountain and Centennial high school pools.