Repairs planned before winter
By Bert Lehman
The city of Clintonville is seeking bids for two options that would repair Anne Street.
Clintonville Public Works Director Kray Brown told the Clintonville Streets Committee at its Sept. 5 meeting that it would cost $19,280 to fix the intersection of North Park Street and Anne Street.
He said he also sought estimates as to how much it would cost to repair Anne Street from that intersection to State Highway 156.
The estimate to repair Anne Street from the North Park Street intersection to Highway 156 was for an additional $37,000. This estimate included reclaiming the existing pavement and repaving the street.
“No matter what we are looking at, if we don’t do this, we are still looking at approximately $5,000-$6,000 of materials going into that road to fix it,” Brown said.
Brown said gravel has been added to the roadway but that solution hasn’t solved the problem and the potholes are getting bigger.
He said he was considering using hot patch on the street. This solution won’t save the pavement as it will only fill in the potholes in the street.
Clintonville City Administrator Sharon Eveland said she has received a lot of phone calls from residents regarding the poor condition of Anne Street.
When asked his recommendation, Brown said he would recommend rehabbing and repaving the street.
Brown told the committee that he has no funds available in the streets budget to cover the cost of any of the street repairs.
Based on that, he suggested a temporary solution that he referred to as “wedging.” This involves adding asphalt to the street to fill in the potholes and adhere to the existing pavement. This would cost around $15,000, Brown said.
This was recently done on Dodge Street, he added.
If wedging is used for Anne Street, seal coating the street in the future could then be considered in an effort to extend the life of the fix.
Committee member Lance Bagstad said he could not support a solution that involves just filling potholes with hot patch material.
“All that’s going to do is end up on the side of the road when the plow trucks come through anyway,” Bagstad said. “North Park Street, every hole on that street has been patch for 500 feet, 12 years in a row and all it does is end up on the side of somebody’s lawn by spring anyway.”
The committee recommended sending the issue to the Finance Committee to determine how much money the city can use to fix Anne Street.
Finance Committee meeting
Brown presented the options to the Finance Committee at its Sept. 11 meeting.
During the discussion Eveland informed the committee that depending on which option the city decides to pursue for fixing Anne Street, the city may have to put the project out for bids. Any project over $25,000 would require the city to bid the project out.
The committee voted to recommend to the city council to allow Brown to put out on bid the “wedging” option, as well as the rehab and resurface option for Anne Street.
At the Clintonville City Council meeting the following evening the council voted to allow to Brown to seek bids for the wedging option and the rehab and resurface option.