Bidding coming soon on city's side streets repaving project

Friday, May 16, 2014

City officials will soon bid work on Brazil's road-repaving project aimed at improving a number of side streets this summer.

The city plans to hire GAI Consultants to assist them in identifying exactly what each street needs before requesting quotes from potential contractors, Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham said during the Brazil Board of Works meeting on Wednesday. The estimated cost to contract the consulting firm is $20,000 and will be paid for from the $2.5 million bond lease the city acquired last year for the project.

"I think it is better we bid it (after identifying each of the streets) and decide what treatment is needed," Wyndham said.

He added, throughout the city, some streets are concrete, asphalt or brick -- each requiring a different approach.

The consulting firm would put together the bid packet detailing each treatment a particular street would require so as to give contractors a clear idea of what is needed for the city's project, he said.

"Getting this info, we can bid (the project) in a more responsible fashion," Wyndham said.

Works board member Linda Messmer said she would like to see other streets done that are outside the scope of the project's first phase.

Wyndham said, with the money set aside for the project, he hopes to tackle 20 miles of roads this year. He added doing streets outside the current project scope is still being considered since the city still has Wheel Tax funding it can use.

In addition, the mayor gave an update on the current utility work being completed ahead of the repaving project. He said, last month, the city was alerted to a number of underground water leaks while working with M.E. Simpson Co. Inc. to identify potential water lines beneath streets listed as part of the project's first phase.

Wyndham added that of the 42 leaks identified, the city has repaired 24 and it has helped with the city's water loss. He said crews are still working on the remaining leaks with 10 of them being fire hydrants, adding repairs done were able to curb the city's water loss.

In other meeting news:

* Messmer wanted an update on the city's effort to get a local woman's property that was left out of the Federal Emergency Management Administration flood buyout into one of the project's phases.

Wyndham said the city is still working with FEMA on including additional properties that may have been left out initially. He added there are discussions of possibly a phase III of the buyout, but, at this point, nothing is set in stone.

* Police Chief Clint McQueen gave a monthly report on calls the department received in April. He said there were 631 incidents reported.

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  • I can't believe they are hiring a company to tell them to fix the streets, anybody can see to fix a pothole or repave, how many streets could be repaired with the money they are throwing away to a company to tell them to fix the streets?if you can't tell a street Ned's repaired, you should not hold that position.

    -- Posted by nobob on Sat, May 17, 2014, at 11:27 AM
  • I think Brazil should get a bid for the bid that the first bid is going to the street bidder. If you have a paving contractor, shouldn't they be able to read the street and know what to use and how?

    -- Posted by smallguysmalltown on Wed, May 21, 2014, at 2:16 PM
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