Last updated: May 13. 2014 4:51PM - 788 Views
By William Laney wlaney@civitasmedia.com

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LIMA — A set of Bath Township roads will see $132,529 worth of improvements this summer.

The Allen County commissioners Tuesday approved a resolution to award Bluffton Paving a contract totaling $132,529 to improve parts of nine roads in the township, with the Community Development Block Grant fund paying for $122,400. Bath Township will pay the remaining $10,129.

“We are still going with the low bidder, which was Bluffton Paving,” Lima-Allen County Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Thom Mazur said. “In that project they are proposing to resurface Summit Street, Kent, Taylor, Michigan, Lane, Ford, Edsel, Daytona and part of Williams Avenue and they will be repairing joints. It was initially prepared under two different bid items and that is where the confusion came in. There was nothing out of the ordinary except for last minute add-ons by the county engineer.”

The road resurfacing is to be completed this year.

In order to approve the resolution, the commissioners had to rescind a resolution they passed Thursday because it contained the wrong total dollar amount. Mazur said the way the 2013 CDBG program is written it became confusing in regard to assigning project cost numbers.

Mazur said this completes a project that took place in 2013.

“Last year we had a project in there where we corrected all of the drainage,” Mazur said. “As part of addressing the stormwater issue, some of the pavement that was not deteriorated got tore up when we were working on the storm water infrastructure. We had to go back in and fix the existing conditions plus the conditions when develop additional capacity in the infrastructure.”

He said the area should be addressed and completed and people in the area should not have any more problems during the life of these improvements “because all of the drainage from the streets and all of the pavement will be as it is brand new.”

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