Township trustees, like many area government officials, are dealing with rising costs of petroleum-based products and paying more for paving this year than originally planned.
Trustees unanimously awarded the 2012 highway resurfacing program contract to Shelly Co. of Twinsburg, which submitted the lowest milling rate, $6,500 per day, of the five companies that bid.
The total contract is for $363,703.74 to resurface all or portions of 14 roads or a total 3.7 miles. The township maintains 144.06 miles of road.
Trustees budgeted $300,000 for paving but said they didn’t want to wait and fall behind on repairs, especially because paving costs are expected to keep rising, said Administrator Jason Loree.
“We can’t go backwards on our street,” Loree said.
Road Superintendent Larry Wilson said he would like to do more, but the costs are too high and the money isn’t available.
Last year, the township spent $212,011.44 to pave all or portions of 10 miles of road. In 2005, the township paid less than the 2012 contract and worked on double the number of roads — $358,431.67 for 28 roads.
About five years ago, the road department estimated that it would take $4.8 million to make all needed repairs to township roads. Wilson said he’s sure that cost has ballooned since then.
This year, the township will pave all of Devonshire, Midgewood and Brainard drives, Friendship Avenue, Orlo Lane and Southwoods Place.
It will pave portions of Buena Vista Avenue, Midlothian Boulevard and Halbert, Appleridge, Presidential, Angiline, Cathy Ann and Silver Fox drives.