West Jefferson initiates street repairs

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(Posted June 13, 2014)

By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer

Several streets in West Jefferson will be resurfaced in the near future, and Parkdale Avenue will be reconstructed.

On June 2, village council approved a contract with Strawser Construction Co. to “cape seal” qualified streets in the Merriman subdivision, as well as Town, Hampton, Mary, Water, Chester and East streets.

Cape sealing involves putting down an initial “sami” seal, letting it set for a week, sweeping up the stone, applying a slurry seal, and leveling.

According to Public Service Director Dave Metzger, the cape seal surface will be about a half-inch thick. The life expectancy on the seal is 12 to 15 years.

“It looks like blacktop at 55 percent of the cost of blacktop,” Metzger said.

The cost for this project is not to exceed $95,000. The work should be done by late June or early July.

The village also will reconstruct Parkdale Avenue at an estimated cost of $1 million. Engineering work should be complete in the next couple of weeks. The project is slated to go out to bid by mid-July with work completed before school starts in the fall.

The various repairs and reconstruction should not tie up streets for long, Metzger said.

“People who are to be affected by the work will get a letter explaining what will be done and how long they have to stay off the street,” he said.

Some council members raised questions about access for emergency vehicles in the work areas. Metzger promised to work with the police and fire departments to create an emergency plan.

Wastewater Treatment Plant

The village is beginning work on the wastewater treatment plant to address current and anticipated environmental standards.

Council approved a $7,500 contract to have Ohio Real Estate Consultants appraise land adjacent to the plant. ACS Group will conduct a required archaeological study for $4,257.

The plant improvements will be done in two phases, the first of which will cost roughly $6 million. The plan is to start work this fall with a completion date of next July, Metzger said.

Village officials are looking to acquire low-interest loans to fund the project

“We are beginning work now while the interest rates are low,” said council Vice President Steve Johnston. “We may not see rates this low in a year.”

Another resolution allows the village to contract with URS Corp. to provide design and bidding services for the plant improvements at a cost not to exceed $218,417.

Water Treatment Plant

The village plans to invest $3 million in water plant improvements aimed at increasing efficiency and capacity.

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