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Fairlawn selects bid for 2013 street repair program

2/21/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

Eight companies put in bids for Fairlawn’s 2013 street repair program, and the low bid came from Karvo Paving Co.

During the meeting Feb. 19, Fairlawn City Council heard the first reading of an ordinance that would award the bid to Karvo based on its bid of $984,629.

“The original engineer’s estimate was $1,350,000,” said Fairlawn Mayor William Roth. “We had eight companies submit bids. The bids ranged from a high bid of $1,184,000 to a low bid of $984,628. That’s a roughly $200,000 spread for eight bids, which pretty much indicates all the bids are in line and order.”

According to Roth, eight bids is “about the average” amount of bids the city typically receives for the annual program.

“It’s different year to year,” he said. “One year we got as high as 14 bids and one year we got less than five. I think eight is a pretty good sign that the contractors are hungry. The bids were competitive. We were happy with the bid amounts.”

Karvo’s bid will go through three readings before it receives a vote by Council. The mayor said he expects the vote to take place by the end of March.

Also during the meeting, Roth said he will be heading to China Feb. 27 with a delegation from Summit County that will include numerous other local mayors.

“I’m going as a representative of Summit County and the city of Fairlawn. We’re not going there to compete with the city of Akron or anything. The idea is that we are there to bring investments back to this area of our state,” he said. “The trend now in China is that they are looking for investments here, and through the efforts of the city of Akron and Summit County we have a presence in some areas of China. While we’re over there, we’ll be going to several trade shows and meeting with some delegations. The idea is to reinforce the ties from China to here and to keep us on the map when they look to re-invest in this area.”

Roth said he is expected to return March 10.

“The Summit County’s Mayors Association is paying for over half the trip, and the balance is paid for by the city of Fairlawn,” he stated.

In other business:

  • A resolution authorizing the mayor to file an application to the Summit/Akron Solid Waste Management Authority for a community recycling access grant was unanimously approved.
    “Yearly, they have grants, and this year I believe $4,900 is the amount that they’re looking to give to the city of Fairlawn,” said Deputy Service Director Ernie Staten.
  • Council unanimously approved an ordinance “establishing the rate of compensation of the municipal engineer for services rendered, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2012.”
    “Those rates are basically being raised by $10 an hour,” Roth said. “It’s for Nick Spagnuolo, the city engineer, and what that is is that he charges for certain field work preparing drawings and reviewing drawings that are submitted to the city. He has an hourly rate, and that rate hasn’t been raised since 2007. He only charges us about 60 percent of what outside firms would charge.”
  • According to Staten, the city already has used “more hours and more salt” this winter than it did during the winter of 2011-12.
    “We’re a little ahead of last year, but not by much,” said Staten, adding that the city has used 2,000 tons of salt this winter and recently ordered 2,000 more tons.
  • An ordinance establishing an annual budget for 2013 and “appropriating funds for the purpose thereof” received a first reading during the meeting.
    “As everyone knows, we do this every year,” said Council Vice President Bryan Nace (Ward 3). “We need to pass this by the end of March, so we’ll have some time to talk about it. Over the next few [meetings], I expect we’ll have some discussions on it.”
  • Council unanimously approved a resolution confirming the re-appointment of Michael Glaser to Fairlawn’s Real Property Maintenance Board for a term ending Dec. 21, 2017.
    “Mike’s background is in construction and working in these areas, and he’s very familiar with the building codes,” Roth said.

The next Fairlawn City Council meeting is set to take place March 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Fairlawn City Hall, 3487 S. Smith Road.

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