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Several Aurora streets await resurfacing

by KEN LAHMERS | EDITOR Published: August 17, 2016 1:00 AM
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Aurora -- All or portions of about a dozen city streets will be paved in the next few weeks after City Council approved a contract at its Aug. 8 meeting.

Perrin Asphalt Co. submitted the lowest and best bid of $609,684, and Council approved awarding the contract for the work.

Service Director John Trew said $500,000 will come from the road and bridge levy fund, $100,000 from the sewer capital fund and $9,684 from the general fund.

Trew noted the city received three other bids ranging from $614,242 to $642,212.

The biggest project will involve resurfacing 91,673 square feet on Robinhood Drive, while the second largest will be 54,706 square feet on Greenview Drive.

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Other streets to be paved are Glen Eden Court, Ohio Street, Royal Oak Drive from Glenview Drive through the roundabout to the end, Burns Lane, Sussex Drive and Old Barn Road.

Also on the list are Bent Tree, the Westerly Wastewater Treatment Plant access road, Glenview Drive at the entrance of the Oaks of Aurora and minor repairs to a small area of Eldridge Road.

Trew said most of the work will involve milling and filling the roads, plus doing full depth repairs where necessary. He added the projects will get started as soon as all documents with the contractor are finalized.

Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin told Council the contract is in addition to the $352,000 city share for this summer's repaving of Routes 43, 306 and 82, plus $350,000 set aside for California Street improvements and $300,000 for concrete street repairs.

IN ANOTHER SERVICE department-related matter, Council OK'd a $20,000 contract with Delta Industrial Painting Co. for painting dozens of fire hydrants citywide.

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Trew pointed out the city has 1,600 hydrants, and 152 will be painted under the contract, with those on Routes 43 and 82 and some on Route 306 having the highest priority.

Trew said some of the hydrants near Town Center were installed in 2011, but faulty paint is already peeling and the city couldn't negotiate a settlement with the contractor.

He said if the painting job is done properly and with quality paint, the hydrants should look decent for 15 to 20 years.

In personnel matters, Council voted to renew a contract with Vision Service Plan for vision insurance for city employees, which will lower rates.

The previous contract called for a single employee to pay $18.94 per month and a family plan to cost $42.87 per month. Those figures are now reduced to $15.66 and $35.44, respectively.

Council also voted to create an unclassified, part-time secretary / receptionist position for the mayor's office and to appoint Colleen Martin as deputy clerk of Council on an as-needed basis.

In technical-related matters, members OK'd a $41,509 contract with Mirifex Systems LLC for a computer server and related software licensing, and a 52-month lease with Mirifex / Ace Business Solutions at $326.13 per month for two police department copiers.

Email: klahmers@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9400 ext. 4189

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