Utilities board chips in for road work

The city Utilities Commission agreed last week to pay half the cost of extending the paving on North Ellsworth Avenue from West 16th Street to Bricker Farms Lane.

“I do think it’s fair that we split the cost with you,” Commission Chairman Bob Hodgson told city Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst.

The city had originally planned to pave North Ellsworth Avenue from West State Street to West 16th Street, but then the water main replacement project preceding the paving was completed to Bricker Farms Lane, meaning there would be a break in the pavement. Instead the city priced the cost of grinding and paving both lanes from 16th to Bricker Farms Lane, which came to $24,100.

“Obviously we tore it up and didn’t put it back,” Hodgson said.

The city will pay half and utilities will pay the other half.

The commission reviewed the costs for the water line replacement projects on Ellsworth and on Carole Drive, Fairview Court and Home Circle, which were both higher than original estimates due to additional work added on. The cost of both is still less than the $1.3 million the commission borrowed to fund the projects.

The project on Ellsworth originally started at 10th Street, but the start spot was moved to Eighth Street, which added $101,452 to the original bid of $651,913 by J.S. Bova. A connection to 13th Street was added at a cost of $43,710. The final cost is still being calculated but is expected to be not much more than $834,985.

The project for Carole, Fairview and Home Circle was bid at $356,315 but increased to $393,089 for two change orders, including replacement of all curb stops and boxes, the removal of 7.5 inches of concrete under the pavement on Home Circle and the cost of repairing a valve. The final cost isn’t expected to be much more than that.

In other business, the commission heard from engineer Jon Vollnogle of Howells & Baird regarding the possible need for an alternate route for the Snyder Road sanitary trunk sewer line due to the location of city storm sewers along the route. According to Vollnogle, there actually may be a cost savings with the adjustment. He said he’s targeting January or February to bid the sewer line project.

The commission also learned that the drilling of a new well near Cold Run Creek can commence after the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency approved a variance for the location.