CLAYTON — City Council authorized a contract at its June 16 meeting with J&A Construction, Inc. out of Greenville to perform crack sealing on city streets at a cost not to exceed $35,500.
This is a maintenance project the city started last year using J&A. This year the contract calls for Route 40 and all the roads in the Riverbend subdivision to be sealed.
The city dealt with three resolutions at the meeting regarding road projects.
“I have a question that is actually for all three of these resolutions that we are reading tonight,” said Councilman Mike Stevens. “They add up to about $134,000. Is that money that we had budgeted, or is this money that is actually going to be part of that six million dollar bond for the road program?”
According to City Manager Rick Rose the crack sealing program was included in the regular budget and is not coming out of the new appropriations for road improvements. The crack seal was budgeted as a maintenance item, but the Durapatch and chip seal were not and are part of the new road program the city has launched.
Vice Mayor Tim Gorman asked Public Service Director Randy Sanders how the new road program is doing.
Sanders informed council that contractors performing curb work have come in and started work.
“They went to town quick. They have probably got 2,000 feet of piece work done in two weeks,” Sanders said. “They are ready to start on Savina. They have made saw cuts on Savina but the work probably won’t start until right before July 4. They will do one-half of the road before the fourth so it is completed and poured and then they will wait until after the holiday to do the other half and then that road would be complete.”
According to Sanders, the asphalt contractor, John R. Jurgensen Company, is about two weeks out from starting work.
“Actually, that will work out really well because all of the concrete work and piece work should be finished and the asphalt work should be able be started,” Sanders noted.
The city has $1.4 million budgeted for road work this year.
A second resolution approved a contract with Wagner Paving, Inc. for a chip and seal project with one-half inch asphalt leveling on Haber Road. The project is not to exceed $54,144.
“This is the remaining one mile stretch on Haber Road. We did one mile of Haber last year and it worked out very well,” Sanders said. “The half-inch leveling course with the chip and seal minus a little bit of gravel on the road for a couple days, it turned out really good. Wagner is actually going to go up into that last mile and cover that centerline so that we can restripe everything because we weren’t real pleased with our striping on Haber Road this year.”
Sanders pointed out that the leveling and chip and seal saves about $33,000 when compared to an overlay of new asphalt.
In another road related matter, council authorized a contract with Cincinnati based Leader Machinery Company, Inc. for the Durapatch street project at a cost not to exceed $45,000. Leader Machinery’s bid came in about $7 a gallon cheaper than any other company’s bid at $14 per gallon. Leader also submitted a similar bid last year.
“They did a fantastic job for us last year,” Sanders stated. “We will not be tackling anything in the plats because we will be paving those roads. Last year we did some work in the plats to prevent pot holes but it wasn’t very favorable to the people located in the cul-de-sacs. We will be working on Wenger Road and on some other areas where the edge of the road is breaking off to hold them together until our three-year street program is completed.”
Sanders used Dominican Drive as an example. He pointed out that the gravel from a Durapatch often comes loose and rolls up against the curb so the city has to go in to sweep it up on a regular basis.
“We’ve decided to keep that mess outside of the plats in the rural areas so that if it kicks loose off the edge of a road it doesn’t affect anybody,” Sanders said.
Councilman Ken Henning noted that the residents were very pleased with the Durapatch work performed on Park Vista, Kinsey and on Noranda last year. Sanders said that it held the roads together well and the city did not receive any complaints from residents of those streets, but some people that walk on the streets not equipped with sidewalks did complain.