ENGLEWOOD — With four streets in need of water main upgrades, city council authorized City Manager Eric Smith to prepare and submit applications to the Ohio Public Works Commission for the State Capital Improvement Program and Local Transportation Improvement Program for 2016.
“The Ohio Public Works Commission is funded through a voter initiative and every ten years bonds are issued to finance public works projects,” Smith said. “Every county receives a share of the monies and this is the thirtieth year. Englewood has done very nicely and in the past has been funded for a number of public works projects.”
Smith noted that the city’s infrastructure is in really good shape. The only thing in need of immediate attention is the ongoing replacement of some ancient water lines.
“Not only are they the old style non-ductile, but are in many places under sized,” Smith noted. “What we recommend is the replacement of certain water mains on certain streets due to the history of breakage. We keep records on how many times a given street has had water lines that needed to be repaired, so that’s how we came up with the proposed list.”
The city plans to replace water mains on Rumson Street, Grantham Drive, Hillgrove Avenue, Elm Street and North Walnut Street.
“I think it is very good to have a program in place and to keep upgrading things as we go along,” said Mayor Patricia Burnside.
Applications to receive funding are due by August 12. Council passed the legislation by unanimous vote.
In a related matter, council also authorized Smith to execute three contracts for Issue II water main replacement projects. The city received three bids for the Fallview Avenue water main replacement project, three bids for the Hile Lane and Herr Street project and two bids for the Woodlawn and Bonnycastle avenues project.
Eaton based Prograde Excavation submitted the winning bid for the Fallview, Hile and Herr projects while West Milton based Coate construction submitted the winning bid for the Woodlawn and Bonnycastle project. All of the bids came in below the engineer’s estimated cost. The bids were as follows: Fallview Avenue ($139,309), Hile Lane and Herr Street ($249,725), Woodlawn and Bonnycastle ($186,023).