Archive for Thursday, April 21, 2005

Rising costs may limit street improvements

April 21, 2005

Two factors are conspiring to leave some drivers in the city facing the prospect of a bumpy ride this year despite street repaving efforts.

John Young, Lansing's director of public works, said in a memo to City Administrator Mike Smith that he expected construction bids to be significantly higher this spring as the city looks to resurface streets that took a beating during a ice- and snow-filled winter.

Young will present his 2005 capital improvement plan to the Lansing City Council, which meets at 7 p.m. today, April 21, at City Hall, 800 First Terrace. The plan addresses improvements ranging from asphalt overlays on streets, to curb and sidewalk repairs and public parking lots resurfacings.

"This past winter was extremely hard on some of our streets," Young wrote. "Deterioration on some streets accelerated, and we have moved some streets ahead of others on the priority list as a result."

But, Young warned, "We anticipate oil and fuel prices to have a significant impact on construction bid prices."

Topping the overlay priority list is De Soto Road, which Young said had deteriorated significantly. "It is imperative that we overlay it this year due to the anticipated traffic loads it will receive" when the $11.5 million Main Street System Enhancement project gets under way.

Also on the priority list are Valley Drive from Ida Street to Crestview, 155th Street, Hampton Court and South Valley from 4-H Road to Maple Lane.

But not all the projects are likely to be done this year. The city, Young wrote, does "not have enough resources to address all of our urgent needs this year."

Likely to be removed from the list: 155th Street, which requires about $35,000 worth of work - "a significant portion of our overlay budget," Young said.

Council members are expected to discuss the capital improvement plan and authorize the Public Works Department to advertise approved projects for bid.

Here's tonight's agenda:

Consent agenda

¢ Consider minutes from the April 7 council meeting.

Regular agenda

¢ Give the oath of office to Mayor Kenneth Bernard and council members Ken Ketchum, Billy Blackwell, Don Studnicka and David Trinkle Jr., all of whom were re-elected April 5.

¢ Present the Employee of the Quarter award to Shanae Randolph, director of economic development and the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

¢ Proclaim May 1-7 "Vietnam Veterans Recognition Week."

¢ Consider the 2005 capital improvement plan.

¢ Consider a petition to annex land owned by Daniel and Ruth Sedlak

¢ Receive the treasurer's report for the quarter ending March 31.

¢ Consider an appointment to the Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 board.

¢ Hear reports from various city staff and council members.


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