Archive for Thursday, May 24, 2007

Sidewalk, curb repairs win council’s approval

May 24, 2007

Lansing's Public Works Department has received a green light from the City Council to repair sidewalks and curbs throughout the city.

The council last week approved a 2007 Capital Improvement Plan based on annual condition ratings, inspections and recommendations made by the department.

"It does change somewhat from budget recommendations, simply from the fact that we do reinspect streets and sidewalks every spring after the winter cycle," said John Young, director of Public Works. "The freeze-thaw cycles causes deterioration."

The department uses certain criteria for pavement inspections.

"We have developed a similar process for curbs and gutters for replacement," Young said. "Over the past four years we have boosted that program to the point it's about one-third of the CIP program."

Young said he anticipated 3,00 feet of curb to be replaced along with spot repairs and major sections.

"I'm going to propose to you that we pursue the curb replacement program," he said. "I know everyone is aware of conditions in their neighborhoods and I believe this is a sound policy."

Included in the project for replacement or repairs are sidewalks considered a safety hazard, three valley gutters, a temporary paved connection between existing Gamble Street and the main drive in Carriage Hills Plaza and 17 driveway approaches in the Sherwood Forest subdivision.

Accessible ramps will also be replaced with current standard ramps.

"We would like to do more streets and curbs, but this fits in the budget amount," Young said.

"We see bids to be in the $260,000 to $340,000 range," he said. "We do have funds budgeted to handle this program."

Also at Thursday's meeting:

¢ David McAnich, a student intern with the city's Channel 2, was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation

¢ David Freeman was appointed to serve on the Lansing Tree Board for a term ending Dec. 31, 2008, and Julie Hawkins was appointed to serve on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

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