Girard road paving scaled back

GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) – Girard City Council is trying to figure out how to stretch its road paving dollars down as many streets as it can this season.

A pair of bids for road paving contracts came back well over the city auditor’s budget of $220,000. Only two bids were received, which city officials said was “surprising and disappointing.”

R.T. Vernal Paving of North Lima bid $277,919 for 14 streets or partial streets, while Barbicas Construction Co. of Akron bid $387,035.60. According to bid documents, the work includes milling off 2 or 3 inches of existing pavement and reapplying 2 inches of paving, sealing all edges of curbs and driveways and at intersections, bringing all water valves to grade, all manhole covers to grade and traffic maintenance.

Council chose R.T. Vernal Paving for the project, but the contract will have to be rewritten to reflect several streets that were removed from the list to get the project back under budget. Each street is bid separately, so council can pick and choose which ones to eliminate.

The company has 30 days from the Aug. 5 bid opening to accept or reject the contract.

Mayor Jim Melfi said the city got an additional $200,000 grant for paving this year, but the streets covered by the grant already were chosen and the grant money cannot be used to supplement this project.

Among the streets removed from the list were Beaver Street from Shannon Road to Woodlawn Avenue and Highland Avenue from Liberty Street to Kline Street. Council also decided to cap the paving of Woodlawn Avenue at $15,000 and only pave a portion of that street.

The original bid was for Woodlawn from Churchill Road to Park Avenue at a cost of $39,868, which was the most expensive portion of the city’s paving project. The bid came in at $6,000 more than the estimated cost.

The eliminated streets will get done eventually.

“Once they are on that list, we understand, and council also understands, that they need attention, so whether they get done this year or next year, they will be done in the next season or two,” Melfi said.

Girard City Council will also re-advertise for bids to build soccer fields at Liberty Park. A low bid the city received in April expired before a contract was signed.

The mayor said there were complications and questions about the project from the Trumbull County Soil and Water Conservation District.


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