Archive for Thursday, March 27, 2008

Council selects 2008 street repaving project

March 27, 2008

The De Soto City Council approved last Thursday improving the street to the new De Soto Riverfest Park this year and a contract to complete the park's first phase.

Both decisions, however, came with detractors on the council and council members were questioned during the call to public about how the park was to be paid for and if the $676,000 being spent on the park wouldn't be better spent on infrastructure.

De Soto City Administrator Pat Guilfoyle said the city could afford the CIP projects on the fiveyear list developed last spring without raising the mill levy.

In taking up an issue introduced earlier this month, the council designated the streets slated mill and overlay projects this year. The city has $100,000 available for those projects in 2008.

It was agreed the city would improve Ottawa Street from 82nd Street past the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Tracks about 200 feet to where it becomes 79th Street in the West Bottoms. Also to be repaved this summer is 85th Street from Ottawa Street to 84th Terrace near Lexington Avenue.

The two streets were listed as in poor condition of city engineer Mike Brungardt's assessment of possible projects.

Brungardt estimated $100,000 would provide for the mill and overlay with curb replacement and repair of about 1,500 feet of roadway. Because of the nature of the streets, the city will be able to do more resurfacing with the $100,000 on the two projects, he said. Very little curbing will have to be replaced because it is in good shape or not present. There also will be no reason to mill old asphalt off the sections of Ottawa street without curbs, he said.

The council voted 4-1 to approve the two projects with Ted Morse opposed. As he did when the Ottawa Street project was first proposed two weeks earlier, Morse argued the money ought to be spent on busier streets. Supporter Councilman Mike Drennon countered the street would be busy when the park opened.

Council divisions on the merit of the park was also apparent in the council's vote to accept the low bid from R.L. Duncan to complete the second stage of construction for Riverfest Park.

Duncan's bid and design costs exceeded the amount of money in the CIP budget for the first phase by $13,000, Brungardt said. The city engineer was confident, however, that difference could be made up as he and the contractor looked at cost saving measures. He asked that the council approve the bid and allow him to identify the savings through the value engineering process.

The council approved the bid 3-2, with Morse and Councilman Tim Maniez voting no. Maniez opposed the park and voted against all subsequent funding measures.


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