Council OK sought for yearly road work

By Joshua Keeran -

Urbana City Council, during its 6 p.m. meeting today in municipal court chambers, is expected to vote on a Board of Control request to spend over $300,000 to improve and maintain various roadways throughout the city.

The administrative request seeks authorization to carry out the proposed 2017 Asphalt Program by entering into a unit price contract with A&B Asphalt Corporation in the amount of $301,699.63.

If approved, this year’s paving plan calls for the following roadways within the city to be resurfaced: James Avenue, South Edgewood Avenue (bridge only), West Ward Street, Community Drive, and the city-owned parking lot located behind the Gloria Theatre.

The 2017 Asphalt Program also calls for the following areas to be crack sealed: Hagenbuch Street, Pindar Street, Union Street, Eagle Street, West Twain Avenue, Mosgrove Street (North Oakland Avenue to Railroad Street), Gwynne Street (Railroad Street to North Main Street), East Reynolds Street (South Main Street to South Kenton Street) and all drives at Oak Dale Cemetery.

New equipment for parks, cemetery

Administration will seek council’s permission to purchase three new mowers from Apple Farm Services, Mechanicsburg, at a cost of $14,050 (includes trade-in values).

If approved, the parks department would receive a 61-inch Bad Boy Outlaw Class mid-mount mower, while two 52-inch Grasshopper 725KT front-mount mowers would be purchased for use at Oak Dale Cemetery.

In other business:

•Council will hear the first reading of a resolution authorizing the director of administration to seek public bids for a new curbside recycling collection contract as the city’s current five-year deal with Waste Management of Ohio Inc. is set to expire on Aug. 31.

•Administration will seek approval to increase a previous purchase order to Stantec Consulting for work on the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) 2017 Project by $64,560.70.

This year’s project, a carryover from last year, will extend Taxiway C at Grimes Field from its current terminal point westward just past the site of two new planned hangars, and it will also create taxilanes around the hangars.

Ninety percent of the project is being funded through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program. The remaining 10 percent will be paid through the city’s Airport Fund.

•Council will vote on an administrative request to pay Bowser-Morner Inc. $11,244 for material testing associated with the U.S. 36 East Improvements Project.

•A purchase order to the Public Entities Pool in the amount of $151,229 to cover the cost of the city’s property and casualty insurance will be presented to council for approval.

•A resolution authorizing the director of administration to enter into a partnership agreement with the Champaign County Commission for the fiscal year 2017 Community Housing Impact and Preservation (CHIP) Program will undergo a first reading.

The measure calls for the county to be designated the official grantee of the program.

By Joshua Keeran

Joshua Keeran may be reached at 937-508-2304 or on Twitter @UDCKeeran.

Joshua Keeran may be reached at 937-508-2304 or on Twitter @UDCKeeran.