Monroe to absorb portion of residents’ concrete rehab costs

Higher costs for concrete this construction season has forced Monroe officials to rebid a portion of the annual street paving and concrete replacement contract and cover the difference between the estimate sent to residents and what the actual price will be.

City Council approved two emergency resolutions to award contracts to two companies for the annual summer project. The contracts also extended project completion dates.

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In his written recommendation to council, City Manager Bill Brock when the three bids were opened to do the projects, Adleta Construction was the low bidder with a bid of $639,183.

However, the concrete portion of the contract was substantially higher than in past years. The city asked the Adleta if they would be willing to still complete the paving portion of the contract and not perform the concrete portion of the project so the city could rebid that portion to get the rates more reasonable for residents.

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Adleta was agreeable to this change and will do the pavement resurfacing for $296,113.

Pavement resurfacing and concrete replacement, including curb and gutter, drive apron and sidewalks, for the following streets: Conova Drive, Davis Drive, Hiteshue Avenue, Leah Court, Linn Court, Meeker Lane, Stewart Way, Tam-O-Shanter Way, and Trails End Drive.

After separating the projects, the city rebid the concrete portion with America’s Decorative Concrete submitting the lowest bid of $269,796 for the project. City officials said the concrete replacement project includes curb and gutter, driveway aprons and sidewalks for the same streets, except for Conova Drive.

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While the city saved $75,000 by rebidding, the total combined price is $15,910 above the amount budgeted for the concrete project and will require additional appropriations, according to Assistant City Manager Kacey Waggaman

Brock’s report said that unit prices have increased from the past several years due to the vast amount of work being completed this year.

Earlier this year property owners were sent a letter with the estimated unit prices as $10 a square-foot for sidewalks; $40 per linear foot for curb and gutter; and $70 a square-yard for drive aprons.

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However, the unit prices were much more than estimated with $18.40 a square-foot for sidewalks; $58.70 per linear foot for curb and gutter; and $135 a square-yard for drive aprons.

The higher prices increased the cost for the assessment portions of the contract to $33,279, leading city officials to recommend that the city absorb the additional costs for the concrete work and charging residents what was quoted in the assessment letter they received.

Council agreed and approved the emergency resolution.

Councilman Dan Clark said, “I agree. That’s not fair. We shouldn’t pass that (higher costs) on to residents.”

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