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Salem’s ‘21 summer paving plan estimated at $1.2M

SALEM– Preparations for next year’s summer street paving project have begun, with a preliminary estimate of $1.2 million to pave several streets and alleys using the .25 percent additional income tax.

The Streets, Alleys & Sidewalks Committee of city council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday regarding advertising for requests for qualifications for the engineering. To join the Zoom meeting, use Meeting ID 938 2009 6691 and Passcode 226251 or via the Zoom meeting link at https://zoom.us/j/93820096691?pwd=aVppU3BLZ1pUejNOYmNJZ0JJQVF1QT09.

“We’re kicking off the second five-year program with this project,” Mayor John Berlin said.

During the city council meeting earlier this week, Berlin asked Councilman Ron Zellers to schedule the Streets, Alleys & Sidewalks Committee meeting to approve sending the request advertising for an engineering firm and contracting with them for next year’s project to city council.

Firms will be asked to submit their qualifications, with information about the staff, experience, past projects and location. A three-member committee will score the firms and the firm with the top score will be interviewed and asked for a price for engineering. If the price appears reasonable, the administration will then contract with that firm to do the job.

This is the same process the city has been using the past several years due to the size of the projects using funding from the additional .25 percent income tax. The tax was approved by voters strictly for improvements to streets, alleys, sidewalks, curbs, storm sewers and parking lots and was reapproved for another five years in November 2019.

The committee reviewing the engineering proposals will include the mayor, city Service/Safety Director Joe Cappuzzello and city Auditor Betty Brothers.

Howells and Baird of Salem already submitted an estimate of probable cost for the proposed list of streets and alleys for resurfacing. The estimate of $1.2 million includes a contingency cost of $80,000, engineering of $91,850 and over $1 millon for construction.

Streets on the proposed list include sections of Carbon Street, Filbert Avenue, Walnut Avenue, Ash Avenue, Park Drive East, Park Drive West, West Seventh Street, East Sixth Street, Fair Avenue, Oak Street, Barclay Avenue, Jefferson Avenue, 11th Street, Tanglewood Drive, West Wilson Street, Deming Street, Stewart Avenue, North Broadway Avenue, Rea Drive, Western Reserve, West Third Street and alleys between Ridgewood and Mound, Eighth and Ninth, south of West Wilson, north of Sixth Street and East Fourth Street to East Fifth Street.

“I will continue to try to upgrade some of the alleys,” Berlin said.

Since the major repaving projects the last several years, he said there aren’t any chuck holes in Salem and the street department is doing more crack sealing to protect the pavement for an extended period of time.

Other projects next year will include some street paving funded with Community Development Block Grant money from the Columbiana County commissioners for a section of Pershing from South Lincoln to Ohio in front of Sebo Stadium and part of Newgarden. There’s also a project with the Ohio Department of Transportation on a portion of Georgetown Road south to the bypass and a portion of Butcher Road.

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