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Fairlawn ready to move forward on 2013 street repair program

3/21/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

During the March 18 Fairlawn City Council meeting, the 2013 street repair program was officially awarded to Karvo Paving Co. and Mayor William Roth was given the go-ahead to seeks bids for the city’s 2013 concrete slab replacement and storm water inlet repairs project.

After hearing the ordinance for a third time, Council unanimously accepted Karvo Paving Co.’s $984,629 bid for this year’s street repair program.

With the bid process complete, Roth said, city officials will set up a meeting with the contractor as soon as possible.

“The contractor has officially been awarded the bid, so he has to put together his proposed schedule to do the work. He has to be done by a certain day, which is normally Labor Day,” the mayor said. “He’ll have to meet with us and the inspectors, and we can agree on a schedule as to which streets will be done when. Once we’ve done that, we’ll have residential meetings, usually in April, and that’s when we’ll meet with the residents to explain what’s going on. Then, they’ll start work immediately.”

Also during the meeting, Council unanimously passed an ordinance authorizing the mayor to enter into an agreement with KCI Associates of Ohio for construction supervision and inspection in conjunction with the 2013 street repair program for about $65,640.

According to Deputy Service Director Ernie Staten, the inspection ordinance typically is passed the meeting after the street repair program is approved, but he said the city wanted to move the process up this year.

“With the passage of the road construction, we would like to have a [preconstruction meeting] next week to get the season under way as quickly as possible,” he stated.

Council also passed a resolution authorizing the city engineer to prepare plans, specifications, cost estimates and obtain bids for the 2013 concrete slab replacement and storm water inlet repairs project.

“This is part of our annual street repair program,” Roth said. “We do our slab repair separately. By doing it separately, we have better control of the timing of the repairs.”

Staten said this is the sixth year Fairlawn has done the slab repair as a separate resolution than the rest of the street repair program.

“Basically, we go around and fix concrete slabs throughout the city and storm inlets that have fallen in disrepair,” he said. “We’ll fix roughly 20 storm inlets and 2,000 yards of concrete throughout the city.”

In other business:

  • Council passed an ordinance establishing the 2013 operating and capital budget. The city needed to pass the final budget for the year prior to March 31.
    The city approved a preliminary budget in December.
    “Really, that’s when 95 percent of the budget work was done,” said Roth, who added that Fairlawn is scheduled to spend “right around $11 million” this year.
  • According to Roth, the city has issued a permit for Sola Salon to move into Summit Plaza on Smith Road.
    “Summit Plaza is now 100 percent occupied,” he said. “This is the first time it has been 100 percent occupied since it has been constructed.”
  • The mayor said he went on a tour of the new A. Schulman facility on Ridgewood Road with Council President Russ Sharnsky (at large) March 18.
    “The heating’s on, the ceilings are pretty much done and they’re working on some walls,” he said. “Schulman plans on being there sometime in April, so everything’s going according to plan. They are very happy with the way it’s coming out, and we’re very happy to see that.”
  • Parks and Recreation Director Laurie Beisecker said her department is accepting job applications for summer park staff positions through the end of this month.
    According to the city’s website, the park program is a 10-week program from June 10 through Aug. 16, with staff working Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., along with some weekend and evening events. All staff members are expected to work the entire 10-week program — vacations are not permitted. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and pass a background check.
    To fill out an application online, go to www.cityoffair lawn.com/DocumentCenter/View/912.
  • The Parks Board has completed “choosing and scheduling the summer concerts” for 2013, Beisecker said. The concert series will begin June 14 this year.

The next Fairlawn City Council meeting is set for April 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Fairlawn City Hall, 3487 S. Smith Road. The next Committee-of-the-Whole meeting is scheduled for March 25 at 6 p.m. in City Hall.

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