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City weighs asphalt or concrete for E. 9th Street improvements PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

Three of Imperial’s major streets will be resurfaced next year—East 5th, 9th and 12th Sts.
While full resurfacing with concrete had been decided for East 5th and East 12th, the original recommendation in July for East 9th Street from Miller & Associates was some milling and a two-inch overlay with asphalt.
However, at Monday’s city council meeting, the council revisited the issue, and now are considering a concrete replacement street there, as well.
However, that option will cost about $300,000 more than the asphalt option, and some council members wondered how it will be paid for.
That would push the three-street improvement project to over $2 million.
Estimates in July for all three street improvement projects, with 9th Street having the asphalt resurfacing, were $1.77 million.
Kent Cordes of Miller & Associates was at Monday’s meeting, and reviewed the two options for 9th St., noting he was aware there were concerns if asphalt would fill the crack problems there.
The asphalt resurfacing was estimated to cost $165,000. The concrete street option was $467,000, and would also include some drainage work to take water away.    
By using an asphalt resurface, Cordes said there still could be a slight bump where the cracks are now. There would also likely be a slight bump along the parking in front of the school where the new overlay meets the old surface.
Cordes said concrete offers at least twice the life of asphalt.
Several council members said they felt concrete would be the better way to go, but the cost concerns were there, too.
On whether to wait to do that street later on, Council President Doug Gaswick said people he’s talked to want it done sooner.
Mayor Annie Longan felt it would be good to get some feedback from the public, so no decision was made Monday. It will again be on the Sept. 28 agenda.
Cordes said once a decision is made, it will take six to eight weeks to finish the design work for the three streets. He felt it would be a good timeline to have bids advertised by December or January.
Combining all three streets into one bid project would probably garner a better overall price, Cordes said.

Other council business

  • After an executive session, City Attorney Phil Pierce was directed by the council to compose a letter to the Upper Republican NRD Board, requesting a review of the board’s action relating to a water transfer approved in July. City Clerk/Administrator Jo Leyland told the council in open session that the NRD board approved a water transfer on 20 acres from the former Miller property the city recently purchased for an industrial development site. Leyland said it was the city’s intention to keep all of the water allocation for potential industrial development there when the purchase agreement was signed June 18. Council President Doug Gaswick said the direction was given to Pierce because they felt the NRD board had some misinformation.
  • Owners of Smokin’ Leroy’s BBQ, Leroy and Lavonne Musick, were at the meeting to discuss the right-of-way issue at the corner of East 12th and Wellington Sts. A 3-0 vote from the council will allow the pickup/wrecker to remain in the right-of-way along East 12th until they have to be moved due to the water main construction on that street. Plans are also to place a hydrant on that corner, according to Public Works Supt. Pat Davison, who indicated nothing can be located within 15 feet of a hydrant.
  • Imperial Manor staff isn’t having any luck getting their insurance carrier to cover the hail damage to the Manor’s roof that occurred this summer. Administrator Kathy Anderson said the claim was denied because the insurance company said there was no “life” left on the roof. The council did approve full replacement of the four heating/AC units on the roof. Insurance had agreed to pay to replace only the damaged coils, but the council went with the Manor staff’s recommendation to replace the entire units at a cost of $13,500. The old units are between nine and 13 years old.
  • A new door will be going in at the south end of the fire hall to accommodate the larger fire trucks the department is and will be using. The two doors on the south will be replaced with one 22 x 12-foot door at a cost of $18,230 by C&S Construction, which includes removal of the center post. A second new rural truck is expected to be delivered in three to four weeks, according to Fire Chief Bryan Dannatt.
  • JoAnne Rowley was appointed to the Imperial Housing Authority as the board’s resident representative, replacing  Elna Rae West.