The brick street on Depot Hill at the east end of Main Street will remain hidden under asphalt, at least for now.
The question of whether to uncover and restore the brick paving came up Monday evening during a special Purcell City Council meeting.
In a 3-1 vote, the council opted to accept the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s offer to mill off the existing asphalt and then lay a new asphalt surface.
The lone vote in favor of a brick street was Jay Tate.
Tommy Mize, the city’s maintenance supervisor, cleared one section to expose the bricks. He said the bricks are mostly in good shape. However, there are places they have been cut during street repairs and to access utilities.
Those areas would have to be repaired by hand.
“As much as I love brick, I would go back to asphalt,” Mize said. “ODOT can mill and clean up and lay asphalt the next day. If we asphalt it now, the brick is always going to be there.”
“We need to think this through,” council member Danny Jacobs said, adding restoring the brick pavement will take “a ton of time, manpower hours and money.”
“I don’t want it to be another project,” mayor Ted Cox agreed.
City manager Dale Bunn said there is a commitment to keeping a brick street, but also acknowledged the brick streets in Purcell have required little maintenance.
The council also approved four budget amendments for Purcell Municipal Hospital, the Lake Trails project, fire department and Public Works Authority.