Jayson Jacoby
The Baker City Herald

The Baker City Council will discuss a proposal during its meeting tonight that would allow the city to repave a section of Pocahontas Road this summer.

The deal would require the city to postpone chip-sealing of several city streets until 2015.

The Council meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 1655 First St.

In April councilors approved a pavement management plan that called for chip-sealing sections of several streets this summer.

Repaving of Pocahontas between 10th Street and the railroad tracks was scheduled for 2015.

That section was last repaved in 1997.

But according to a report to councilors from Public Works Director Michelle Owen, as part of the rebuilding of Best Frontage Road east of Interstate 84, Baker County has an option to buy extra asphalt that could be used to repave Pocahontas.

Owen outlines a plan that would cost the city $117,000 for asphalt, $13,000 for labor from the county to apply the asphalt, and $8,600 from a separate contractor to grind away the top layer of asphalt on Pocahontas.

The deal would save the city an estimated $40,000 on the asphalt, according to Owen's report.

A preliminary schedule calls for the asphalt grinding to take place on one or two days in late August, with repaving on two days in September.

A complete agenda for tonight's City Council meeting is available at www.bakercity.com.