There’s always a high price tag attached to road repair, renovation and construction projects, but the need usually outweighs the cost. Street and road repair is a never-ending process.
In an effort to continue that process, the City of Duncan is spending more than $1.4 million to improve streets.
During a regular meeting, members of the City Council approved bids for several street projects that will total $1,456,371.55. The projects included in the bid specifics were: overlay of Camelback Road from North U.S. Highway 81 to the railroad, including drainage structure replacement, and Beech from 23rd St. to 44th; reconstruction of First St. from Chestnut to Cedar, including waterline replacement; construction of new roads on the west side of the cemetery, to allow opening new areas; and expansion of the parking lot in Fuqua Park East.
“I think this item is noteworthy,” City Manager Jim Frieda said. “It’s important because it shows we have continued to improve.”
There was a good turnout for the bid conference, but only three companies actually put in bids. The bids awarded were to T&G Construction of Lawton, in the amount of $899,494.75, and WW Builders of Duncan, in the amount of $556,676.80.
Frieda said the bids were mixed and matched to find the lowest cost to Duncan, adding the overall cost “was lower than the engineer’s estimates.”
Because the City has been able to obtain all the right of ways in the project areas, some of the projects will begin shortly. “We’ll get them started on First (Street),” Frieda said. “We can do that practically immediately.”
He said some of the projects may take some time, but “we can get some of this done by the end of the calendar year.”
In other action, the council:
• Approved a pay request for $9,333.50 to Dillon Construction Co. for services rendered on the Building Improvements 0809 Project. “This project is all but complete,” Frieda said.
• Re-appointed Ron Martin, Donna Duwe, Peggy Davenport and Tom Byrd to the Duncan Municipal Planning Commission.
• Approved purchasing depth adjustment platforms, heated foot rests and LED lighting for each station in the Duncan Communications Center from Watson Furniture. The total cost was $4,089.95.
• Accepted a bid from Hope Equipment to install windows in what will become a study room at Duncan Public Library. The bid amount was $2,551.
The council, operating as the Duncan Public Utilities Authority, also approved an SRF Requisition for $138,602.87 for the Water Treatment Plant TOC Reduction Project Phase II.
“This is another project that has been going on for some time,” Frieda said.
Scott Vaughn, Public Works Director, said the project is the 10th contract under a loan through the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. He said this contract could be the last under this loan.
“We’ve had basically nine other contracts under this same loan,” Vaughn said.
The requested funds are for expenses incurred for design services and construction services.
Going into session as the Duncan Economic Development Trust, the councilmen approved allowing the Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation to withdraw $2,153.91 to pay KellPro, based on the number of new hires after the second quarter in 2009. This item was tabled from a previous meeting of the trust.
Lyle Roggow, DAEDF director, said, “This is the final payment to KellPro. Any proceeds not used will be released back into the budget.”