Canfield City Council held an emergency meeting on Wednesday, July 24 to reconsider the bid awarding for the North Broad Street Safety Upgrade Project, Phase II. The project failed to pass council at the July 17 meeting with Mayor Bill Kay absent and the vote ending with two for, one against, and one abstained. It would have needed at least three votes to pass.
The low bid on the project was Foust Construction at $805,281.49. That included running sidewalks on both sides of the street from Skyline Drive to Dartmouth Drive. It also included the installation of street lamps and curbing, and the addition of a middle turn lane along the section.
The motion to award the bid at the July 17 meeting was done as an emergency measure. By passing it immediately, the project could get under way with a good chance it would be completed this year. If it were delayed until the later Aug. 14 meeting, it may have drawn out the project and pushed the completion date into spring of next year.
City manager Joe Warino said the project is under an Ohio Public Works grant that covers 60 percent of the cost of the safety upgrade. The OPW grant funds are normally released in mid-summer, which leaves only a few months for the projects before the snow flies.
The emergency meeting on July 24 had Councilman Dan Frazzini absent, but the remaining four council members made a quorum and a vote was taken. The vote was 4-0 in favor of awarding the project.
"It took effect immediately," Warino said. "We are hoping to hold a pre-construction meeting [within a week]."
Once that meeting takes place, the materials can be ordered and a timeline drawn up. Warino said he is hoping for good weather and anticipates the project will now be completed this year.
Unlike phase I that involved the grading of the hill at the North end of the Village Green, this phase will not be so involved. Warino said it would not require the road to be shut down.
"There won't be any road closures with this project," he said. "Traffic will continue to flow, but there may be slight delays."