Council moves ahead on several street repair projects

July 7, 2011 —

The Hudson City Council at their meeting Tuesday evening authorized moving ahead on several street projects planned for the summer.

The council awarded a bid to Michigan Paving for the reconstruction of Steger Industrial Drive in the Industrial Park for $322,286 to reconstruct the road from Munson Highway to the second entrance at Hi-Lex Controls. In addition, the council approved a bid alternate of $57,508 to continue the paving out to the current end of the pavement, pending the approval of the Local Development Finance Authority. The work is mostly funded by the Michigan Department of Transportation, with the LDFA picking up the rest of the cost.

The council gave permission to seek bids for repaving and limited structural work on Division Street between Main and Grove Streets, and on Tiffin Street between Main and Buchanan Streets. City engineers Fleis and VandenBrink estimate the project will cost $151,300. The proposed date for opening of the bids is July 28, with the work expected to be complated by Labor Day.

The council also approved a change order that would take the repaving of a stretch of Jackson Street out of the otherwise nearly completed project, and rolled the repaving into the other local street paving project. Due to funding requirements, the work can be done more cheaply if it is done as a locally funded project, at an estimated savings of $19,125 to the city.

If the bids on the repaving come in low enough, the council and the engineers are also considering adding Douglas Street and Jackson Streets between Main and Tiffin Streets to the project, but this decision hasn’t yet been made.

The council was also informed that the process of paving the Findlay Trail is as complete as can be done before the bridge is put in this fall. Bids will be let on the bridge on August 5.

City Manager Steve Hartsel also informed the council that Janiene McClellan has been appointed to the Deputy Clerk position for the city.. She’s been serving as the acting deputy clerk for some months.