Road work to be done on Glenwood Avenue

By David Skolnick

By David Skolnick


City council will consider legislation today to permit the board of control to seek a contractor for a Glenwood Avenue improvement project.

The project along 0.7 of a mile from Falls to Warren avenues is estimated to cost $585,000.

The city would pay 20 percent of the cost — $117,000 if the estimate is correct — for the project with the rest of the money coming from a federal grant, said Charles Shasho, deputy director of the city’s public works department.

The project includes paving, installing additional curbs and curb cuts, he said.

The city will open proposals on this project Feb. 8 with work starting in late March or early April, Shasho said. The work will be done in 90 days, he said.

This is the second phase of improvement work on Glenwood Avenue.

In 2010, Glenwood from Mahoning to Falls avenue, about 0.75 of a mile, was paved using about $300,000 in federal stimulus money. The original estimate for that work was $403,000.

The proposed second phase’s estimate is more expensive because the expectation is it is in worse condition than the portion of the road improved three years ago, Shasho said.

Also today, council will be asked by the mayor to approve an ordinance permitting the board of control to sign a contract with a company to maintain elevators in city-owned buildings.

Schindler Elevator Corp., which has an office in Akron, has had that contract with the city. It expired Dec. 31.

There are seven elevators [including one for freight] at 20 Federal Place, the city-owned office building; two at city hall; one at the police station; and two at the city hall annex (including one for freight), Shasho said.

The legislation would authorize the board to approve a one-year contract with two one-year renewals at a cost of up to $70,000 annually.

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