POINT PLEASANT — It’s shaping up to be a busy summer when it comes to starting — and finishing — at least two substantial and long-awaited paving projects in Point Pleasant.
According to Mayor Brian Billings and City Clerk Amber Tatterson, plans are in still in place to repave streets that underwent major wear and tear during the North Point Pleasant Drainage Project that began last summer.
As Billings and Tatterson pointed out, NPPDP is not completed until certain streets are repaved and that repaving was part of the project’s contract.
Those streets that will be repaved are 27th Street to Lincoln Avenue, Camden Avenue, Kanawha Street and portions of 26th Street.
“I’m not signing off on anything until that punch list is completed,” Billings said about the paving contained within the NPPDP contract.
Tatterson added the completion date for the entire $3.4 million project is July 10. Contractors Mike Enyart and Sons could get the paving done before July 10. Billings said it’s hoped that work can at least start on paving next week, weather permitting.
Billings and Tatterson apologized for the inconvenience to residents that the NPPDP has caused in some areas. The federally mandated project separates sanitary sewer from storm water. Part of the project created a “channel” in some areas of Point Pleasant to collect this storm water and decrease flooding in areas. Billings said so far the work seems to be alleviating the flooding along 27th Street and Harmon Park — areas where water would stand and pond.
Billings also added one of the reasons the paving work for the NPPDP hasn’t begun yet is because contractors were waiting on school to dismiss for the summer. Some of the areas to be paved are near Point Pleasant Primary School and Point Pleasant Intermediate School.
The other big paving project on the horizon for the city is the repaving of the 2100 block of Mt. Vernon Avenue. Billings said Engineer Mike Davis, with Burgess and Niple, the city’s engineering firm, has discussed the city’s needs with contractor Myer’s Paving about the job and Myer’s has met all the criteria to proceed.
Last month, council members for the city voted to accept a bid from Myers Paving for four inches of asphalt to repave both sides of Mt. Vernon Avenue, from the 2100 to 2200 block. The bid was for $39,450. As reported, the city received another bid for asphalt from a company from Lavalette, which had a bid of $115,950. Council members then stressed to Davis to make sure the $39,450 bid was comparable to the $115,950 in terms of what needs to be done to the street.
Billings said at this point, Davis and he feels comfortable the bid is adequate and comparable in terms of what the city expects to be done — this will likely be discussed at next week’s city council meeting and finally settled to move forward. The city is also working on getting a contractor to “rehab” sidewalks in this area.
In addition, Billings said the city will be doing “hot patch” on pot holes in city streets this summer.
“We (at the city of Point Pleasant) want to see things moving forward and still stay within our (financial) means,” Billings said. “We take this seriously. I am a citizen, too, and I want this taken care of.”