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North Broad Street Phase II put on hold

July 24, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

The North Broad Street Safety Upgrade Project, Phase II failed to pass council at the July 17 meeting. The awarding of the contract was held up because it lacked enough votes for approval.

Phase II continues the sidewalks, curbs and street lights north of the Village Green to the city limits. The project is part of an Ohio Public Works Commission grant that covers 60 percent of the cost with the city responsible for 40 percent.

City manager Joe Warino said he put the issue before council as an emergency ordinance so it could be approved and awarded so work could begin as soon as possible on the project. He said it normally takes about a month to prepare and move equipment to the site to begin work. Since OPWC normally releases the funds in mid-summer, it doesn't leave a lot of construction time.

If the project is approved at the next council meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 14, Warino said it would be started around September. Depending on the weather this fall, it would likely have to be completed next spring.

In the absence of Mayor William Kay, the vote was two for awarding the bid, one against, and one abstained. Warino said Councilman Andy Skrobola took issue with the way the project was bid. OPWC likes to see projects bid as a base-bid estimated quantity. This process calls for specific quantities of materials and the payout covers the actual materials used in the project. Skrobola wanted to see a lump sum bid where the contractor bids the entire project, then is responsible to stay within those guidelines.

The low bid on the project was Foust Construction at $805,281.49. The second highest bid was from Parella Pannunzio at $948,142.95. A total of five bid on the project with the highest bid at $1,042,142.12.

To award the bid requires three votes out of the five council seats. While the bid was not awarded at the meeting, council did approve transferring the funds for the project.

On another issue, council approved a temporary right-of-way to Sunoco Oil Company on the Redgate Farm property. Sunoco has a pipeline running through the property that was installed in 1931. The oil company wants to replace the old eight-inch line with a 12-inch line. The line runs from Mogadore into Beaver County in Pennsylvania.

In other business:

Council approved waiving a permit late fee for a deck that was three years old and was failing. The homeowners didn't know they needed a permit to make repairs.

Council approved a non-conforming structure at 427 South Broad St. for Sam Pitzulo Homes. Pitzulo wants to enclose a porch and make additional office space. The matter was approved by the Planning Commission.

Council approved forming a charter review committee to review the city charter and recommend any needed changes.



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