$1.2M contract is approved for repairs to 59 city streets



The board also approved two agreements with a local company.
By DAVID SKOLNICK
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
YOUNGSTOWN -- The board of control approved a $1.215 million contract with an Akron-based company to resurface 59 streets in the city.
The board on Thursday selected Shelly and Sands Inc., which has a branch office in Youngstown, for the job. The only other proposal for the work came from Shelly Co. of Twinsburg. That company offered to do the work for $1.368 million.
Shelly and Sands will start the repaving work within the next 30 days, said Carmen Conglose Jr., the deputy director of the city's public works department. The job is to be finished in 75 days from when it begins, he said.
The 59 streets, most of them in the neighborhoods rather than the city's main arteries, are equivalent to 33 lane miles, Conglose said. A lane mile is 1 mile long and 12 feet wide, he said.
The city will use $750,000 of its federal Community Development Block Grant funds and $450,000 from money it collects from a $5 vehicle license fee to pay for the resurfacing program.
Also, the city's wastewater department is kicking in $75,000 of the project's cost to make sure sewer manholes are properly graded.
This is the third straight year that the city's repaving project was awarded to Shelly and Sands, Conglose said.
Pair of contracts
Also at Thursday's meeting, the board of control awarded two agreements to MS Consultants, a Youngstown company, worth $209,743.
The company will serve as a consultant for $73,386 on Phase III of the city's McGuffey Heights sewer separation and drainage improvement project.
The project is designed to lessen water and sewage backups into people's homes in the McGuffey Heights area.
The other MS contract, for $136,357, is for construction management and on-site inspection of the Kirk Road water tank project.
The city is replacing a 125,000-gallon water tank on Kirk Road in Austintown and a 500,000-gallon water tank on Dunlap Drive, also in Austintown, with a 1.5-million gallon tank near the site of the Kirk Road tank, said Gene Leson, Youngstown Water Department's chief engineer.
The city will open bids on the tank installation on May 20, with a contract award expected in July, Leson said. The tank should be done in late 2006 or early 2007, he said.
The tank will increase water storage and pressure for Youngstown Water Department customers in Austintown, Canfield and Jackson townships, Leson said.
The tank will also allow the city to expand its water service southwest, he said.
"There is great growth in that area," Leson said.
skolnick@vindy.com

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