HUMBOLDT — City Council members weighed the options between two approaches to maintaining streets Monday night, debating cost versus technique.
A decision was on the table that had the council choose between chip and seal and asphalt overlay. Chip and seal, a technique that council members Dan Julich and Mark Slater referred to as the cheaper route in terms of up front costs, would provide a projected five-year life of the roads repaired in that fashion. The technique requires equipment and personnel that the city must acquire itself. Julich had reservations about the process.
“If we do it this way then the first sections of street that we do now will be ready for repair by the time we get done with other sections,” Julich said. “We’ll constantly be tearing up the streets.”