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Council OKs street repairs

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published August 5, 2015

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Local streets will be repaired this summer after the City Council approved a bid for concrete reconstruction.

Council members voted July 20 to award the bid to Mark Anthony Construction, of Rochester Hills, for $1.468 million to redo three residential streets in the city: Edgewood between Alice and Englehardt, Euclid from Greater Mack to its end in a cul-de-sac, and Elmira from Greater Mack west to North Lake High School.

“Our intent is to start this project immediately and have Elmira construction started and finished by the time school starts,” said Community Development and Inspection Director Chris Rayes.

He said the cost to repave Edgewood will be covered by Community Development Block Grant money, since it is a qualifying area of the city, and that the Elmira construction will include changing out a water main.

Councilman Ron Frederick asked if there was any guarantee on the work or completion dates. Roy Rose, CEO and president of Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick, the city’s engineering firm, said that bonds will guarantee the work lasts for two years after completion, but that there isn’t a completion date set in stone.

“They’re going to get it done in a timely fashion,” he said.

Councilman Chris Vitale inquired as to what the city would receive for $350 per tree to be replanted in the right of way. Rose said that the city put a 2-inch diameter into its bid specifications and that the trees are guaranteed for two years, as well. The cost includes installation.

“It’s actually not a bad price if they’re guaranteeing them for two years,” said Department of Public Works Director Bryan Babcock. He said the city loses many of the trees it plants itself at a cost of $100-$200 each. And, he added, smaller trees actually grow faster.

“When you plant a 2-inch tree and a 4-inch tree, for whatever reason, the 2-inch tree takes off faster,” he said.

Vitale said he would like to see the companies bid out the price of 2- and 4-inch trees in the future, so they have the option, but he was glad to see Euclid on the list of streets to be repaired because the city is rehabilitating a home on that street.

“That street is so bad, I was worried about us being able to sell that house with the condition of the street in front of it,” he said. “This definitely is a street that needed to be replaced.”