Relief is on its way for residents of Melody Lane housing estate.
After more than seven years of planning, the town of Arnold is set to improve the stormwater drainage system and repair roads on the Melody, Tempo, Harmony and Rhythm tracks.
City Council members voted unanimously on September 3 to award a contract for $ 1,835,220 to Gershenson Construction Co. in Eureka to carry out the improvements. City officials expect work to begin in the fall and the company has 180 days to complete the project after work begins, city administrator Bryan Richison said.
“It’s been a while to come,” Richison said of the project that has been going on since 2013. “It will definitely help the neighborhood. There have been storm water problems for years in this area. It will be good for them to have a storm water system.
Arnold will use $ 1 million of his share of Jefferson County’s 1/2 cent sales tax for road and bridge projects to help cover improvements in the Melody Lane Subdivision, and Arnold received a grant from $ 250,000 from the state to cover part of the stormwater improvements. . The city will pay the remaining $ 585,220 to complete the project, Richison said.
Before moving on to the construction phase, Arnold paid Arnold’s Hurst-Roche Engineers Inc. $ 155,289 to design the project, and in 2017, the city purchased five properties in the subdivision for $ 642,000 so that they can be demolished. The demolition of the homes created an area for a retention pond that temporarily holds water during heavy rains so it can filter through a culvert under Key West, Richison said.
Council members voted 7-0 on August 6 to pay Hurst-Roche $ 173,000 to provide construction engineering services for the project. Ward 3 Councilor Mark Hood was not at this meeting.
When the project is complete, the city will have paid a total of $ 1,555,509 for the $ 2,805,509 project, Richison said.
“I’m just happy we’re finally here and the work started,” Richison said. “It was a long process to get to this point. “
The improvements require laying new storm water pipes under streets and creating new entrances at the sides of roads, according to city documents.
The project will be carried out in two phases, starting with stormwater improvements. The second phase will consist of repairing the streets.
Richison said the city has delayed repairs to streets in the area due to the planned stormwater project, which will require sections of the street to be dug up.
“Their streets started to have problems,” Richison said. “I think they will be very happy to have the streets freshly repaired. I think it should be good for the neighborhood.
The city’s struggle for the improvements began with changes to the engineering firm.
In June 2019, Richison said work had been in limbo since the senior engineer assigned to the project left Hurst-Roche. At the time, Richison said he was considering finding another engineering firm to complete the plans before he and Mayor Ron Counts met with Hurst-Roche President Jim Roth and his partner Zac York, an engineer. , later in the month and get things back together.
“They told us they wanted to finish the project,” Richison said.
There was one final curve the city had to face before getting approval for the construction contract.
One of the conditions for receiving the state subsidy for stormwater works is that the contractors or subcontractors have 10 percent of the work done by a minority-owned company and 10 percent of the work done. by a woman-owned business, Richison said.
Due to this requirement, the city asked council members to approve the second lowest of six bids it received.
Lamke Trenching and Excavating Inc. of Marthasville had submitted the lowest bid at $ 1,770,596.88, but the company initially provided no information on its company’s ownership mix and subcontractors. that she could use for the works. So the city allowed Lamke to submit this information after the bids opened, but the company fell short of the required 10%, Richison said.
“I think they were okay with the female-owned part, but I don’t think they hit the 10 percent for the minority-owned business,” he said. “Because they did not meet these requirements, we felt that we could not accept their offer.
“We spoke with the company and explained the situation. They were certainly not happy, but after we explained that is why, there was nothing they could say. They recognized that they did not meet (the requirements) and they accepted what we did.