SALEM -Residents along Lexington Avenue can expect to see better storm sewer drainage in the near future as the city prepares to install a bigger drainage pipe, new manholes and repave the street.
City Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst updated city council members on the Lexington Avenue drainage repairs project Tuesday, noting the contract was being awarded to the low bidder, Utility Contracting of Youngstown, for $211,807. The engineer's cost estimate was $280,000.
"I was pleased. You always hope they come in under budget," Kenst said.
Bids were opened on Aug. 17 . Other bidders and their amounts were: Central Allied Enterprises, $213,967; Craig Susany, $228,688; R.T. Vernal Paving, $238,520; and S.E.T. Inc., $243,465. Funding from the Ohio Public Works Commission will cover most of the cost.
The next step is to get the contracts signed and have a pre-construction meeting, then get started. He estimated the project could take as long as 90 days, but said "we're definitely gonna get it done this year."
He said the storm sewer was destroyed out there, with a metal plate covering one area. A new 42-inch drainage pipe will be installed, along with the new manholes and the repaving of all of Lexington Avenue.
When the city first received word that a grant had been approved to pay for the project, Mayor John Berlin said the pipe being replaced couldn't handle the increased capacity of water from construction in the area over the years. Water started leaking and caused erosion around the dirt and the pipe blew out in one spot, creating a hole which had to be covered over with a steel plate.
In other business, Kenst reported that selling some of the stored asphalt grindings proved profitable for the city, generating $43,620 which will be split 50/50 between the street department and the capital improvement fund. The city sold 4,362 tons at a cost of $10 per ton.
"There was a real demand for them," he said.
The grindings had been collected over the span of many years from previous road projects and are used to fill potholes in alleys and used for fill in other road projects, such as the sink hole that appeared on Woodland Avenue earlier this year.
"We kept some that our street department will need," he said.
According to Kenst, limestone has been hard to come by because the oil and gas industry needs it for well drilling and took most that was available. Excavators and townships substituted the asphalt grindings for limestone since they couldn't get the limestone for projects.
"We were able to take advantage of that situation," he said.
The money generated from the sale has enabled the street department to get some tools and do some work that might not have been done without the funding. There's also some extra money in the capital improvement fund as a result.
Kenst also announced the city will host a second tire collection this year from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 in the municipal lot across from Timberlanes, accepting used automobile and small truck tires.
"Rather than have them thrown over a hill someplace, it's better to have them collected," he said.
The city collected more than 300 tires during a collection event held in April.