Council approves $2 million to fix county roads

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published March 25, 2015

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TROY — The City Council unanimously agreed March 9 to spend $2 million from the 2014-15 general fund balance to begin replacing slabs of concrete on some local county roads.


Work will start soon on Big Beaver, near Somerset Collection; on John R, from Maple to Long Lake; and on Dequindre, from north of Maple to Long Lake. The work will be done on segments not completed in last year’s projects.


Under the Tri-Party concrete replacement program, Oakland County, the Road Commission of Oakland County and the city share the $300,000 cost three ways for work on John R, south of Maple, and on Livernois, at Big Beaver, which is under I-75.


Last year, the Troy City Council approved the $12 million Troy Roads Rock infrastructure initiative in which the city invested $5.6 million to fix county roadways, and $6.4 million came from federal, state and county sources, as well as the Troy Local Development Finance Authority. The LDFA captures tax increment financing in the Troy Smart Zone and provides funding for infrastructure and operations at Automation Alley, located off of Big Beaver.


Work on segments of Long Lake, from east of Rochester to Coolidge; Big Beaver, from Crooks to Adams; Dequindre, from 14 Mile to Big Beaver; John R, from Maple to Wattles and from Long Lake to north of Wattles; Crooks, from north of Wattles to Long Lake; and a portion north of Square Lake was finished last year.


The council awarded the contract for concrete slab replacement to DeLisio Contracting last year and exercised an option to renew DeLisio’s contract for the additional work by a unanimous vote March 9.


Other proposed projects the council will consider as part of the 2015-16 budget process, which would be eligible for state funding, are Square Lake, east and west of Coolidge; Coolidge, north of Square Lake; Crooks, north of Big Beaver; and Long Lake, east from I-75, toward Livernois. The council will also consider $1.5 million in improvements to Wattles — from Coolidge to east of Rochester, — from the city’s major road fund.


Kurt Bovensiep, public works manager, said that DiLisio is willing to do night work.


“They like working for Troy,” he said.


Bovensiep said material costs have risen 17 percent since last year.


Steven Vandette, city engineer, told the council that the contract extension with DiLisio came with a two-year warranty and covers defects in work and materials.


Bill Huotari, Troy deputy city engineer, said work would likely start on Dequindre first. John R will follow, with work on Big Beaver near the Somerset Collection starting after school is out.


City administrators and the City Council have set a goal of keeping the general undesignated fund balance between 20 and 30 percent. Troy City Manager Brian Kischnick said that, currently, the fund balance is just under 30 percent. He said the 2014-15 general fund budget and expenditures were estimated at just under $55 million.


“This keeps to the policy of taking the fund balance to put back to infrastructure,” said Troy Mayor Dane Slater.


“It’s consistent with protecting the AAA bond rating,” Troy Council member Ellen Hodorek said of the fund balance. 


Information on Troy Roads Rock is available at www.troymi.gov, under “City News.” Information on specific projects and dates is available at www.troyroadsrock.com.

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