Park to resume sidewalk program this spring

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published April 27, 2016

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GROSSE POINTE PARK — The city will start repairing sidewalks in need of work this spring.

Mayor Robert Denner said the Park is getting back into a more proactive approach to sidewalk maintenance now that the economy is improving. As he explained during an April 11 City Council meeting, the “sidewalks are inspected area by area,” and those in need of replacement are marked. 

The city hires a contractor to do work throughout the community, but the actual cost for each slab is borne by the resident whose property abuts the slab or slabs in question, he said.

“It’s our job (as a city) to find a good contractor and put a good program together and manage it,” Denner said.

The council voted unanimously to accept a low bid from Detroit-based Phil Pitters Inc. to perform this year’s sidewalk program at a cost of $6.99 per square foot. City Manager Dale Krajniak said prices for this work are better this year than last year, when they “ran high.” He said residents will be notified if any of their sidewalk slabs need work, and they can hire their own contractor instead, if they choose.

“They’re not required to use the city contractor,” Krajniak said. “(But) this is a bulk bid, so they’re most likely to get the best (price) from this contractor.”

Pitters was one of three contractors that bid on the Park’s 2016 sidewalk program, Krajniak said. He said all three bidders have done satisfactory work in the Park before.

Residents who need sidewalk replacement have 60 days from being notified to let the city know whether they’ll be using the city’s contractor or someone else, Krajniak said.

The cost per slab should be roughly $60-$70, he said.

“It’s a very reasonable price,” City Councilman Daniel Grano said of the Pitters bid, suggesting that the Park might want to do more sections of sidewalk this year as a result. 

“A lot of the sidewalks are in bad shape,” Grano said.

The disrepair stems from the city having to temporarily suspend this program in the recent past, he said.

City Councilwoman Laurie Arora agreed with Grano’s assessment.

“They’re bad,” she said of the sidewalks. “I walk all the time.”

In response to a question from Arora, Krajniak said digging up tree roots is included in the price of sidewalk replacement for those slabs impacted by roots.

Planning Commissioner Frederick Olds asked if Pitters could offer the same pricing to residents who want to get their driveway approaches done while its crews are in the community, and administrators were expected to check with the contractor about this.

“I think it helps beautify the community a lot,” Olds said.

Pitters has offered a two-year warranty on its work, the city manager said.

“If the work’s done properly, it should last for many years,” Krajniak said of the sidewalk replacement.

Although a date hadn’t been set yet, Krajniak said work was expected to begin as soon as the weather allowed and Pitters was available.

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