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Woodward looks to repave roads in 2015

Woodward’s streets repaving project, if approved, is likely to occur during the summer of 2015.

The road paving project was the subject of a special city council meeting Feb. 5. Council members, as well as representatives from the municipal engineering firm, Veenstra & Kimm and Ruan Securities, broke the paving project into several components including engineering, bid-letting, bond offerings, and actual construction.

Mayor Brian Devick broke down engineering efforts as design services, not to exceed $124,000, general services needed during construction, not to exceed $41,000, and resident review services supplied during construction, not to exceed $42,000.

Veenstra and Kimm’s Tony Bellizzi told the council that the city needs to regain control of the rights of way to maintain proper drainage after the project is complete. Likewise, pedestrian crossing must be made accessible for persons with disabilities.

Bid-letting is expected to begin winter of 2015. While firm numbers were not discussed, previous estimates put the cost for the asphalting of the streets at some $2.4 million including engineering costs, bond and attorney fees, contingencies, and sidewalk in order to work to make them disability-accessible.

The city council has previously discussed taking $750,000 of the project with a road use tax bond. The balance would be financed by issuing a General Obligation bond. General Obligation bonds are debt instruments issued by state and local governments and are funded by tax revenues.

In its Feb. 10 meeting, the council:

• Learned from Public Works Director Chris Newland that due to the extremely cold weather, frost is at 5 feet below ground. This may put shallow service lines into homes at risk, he said.

• In considering the road paving project, agreed to amend the Jan. 9 and Feb. 5 minutes to include estimated cost increase of 2.55 per month on a $100,000 property.

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