Oregon City Council last Monday approved ordinances for several infrastructure projects.
Council authorized the purchase of property and structures at 1053 South Wheeling Street for $237,150, plus a $73,250 payment for relocation and moving expenses, from Raymond and Helen Bihn for the Wheeling Street improvement project.
Public Service Director Paul Roman said the cost includes a main house, a duplex, and two garages.
The project begins at the north side of the Wheeling and Brown road intersection and continues just south of the Wheeling and Navarre Avenue intersection. The project will include a new storm sewer system, curbs, gutters and sidewalks. New signals will be constructed at Pickle Road, the Dearborn/I-280 on-ramp and Munding/I-280 off-ramp. The widening along Wheeling will occur on the east side of the current alignment due to the presence of the Sunoco tank farm and Fire Station No. 2. During construction of the Wheeling Street Bridge over I-280, traffic will be detoured.
Council also approved:
•An agreement with Poggemeyer Design Group for engineering services for the design and bidding of Lallendorf Road and Taylor Road bridge replacements for $64,449. The project includes replacing the bridge on Lallendorf Road over Amolsch-Driftmeyer Ditch and the bridge on Taylor Road over Otter Creek. Both bridges are deteriorating, undersized, and in need of replacement;
•The bid of Midwest Poured Walls, LLC, of Holland, for $59,691 for furnishing labor, material and equipment for sidewalk improvements, which involves installing new sidewalk along Pickle Road at I-280. The total anticipated cost of the project is $64,321. The city is also funding part of the project. Oregon was awarded a Community Development Block Grant of $51,200 for the project. The vote was 5-2 in approval of the project. Councilmen Mike Sheehy and James Seaman were opposed because the company does not use an apprenticeship program for its workers. “I believe in an apprenticeship program. I believe in education,” said Seaman. “That’s the future of our country. I think that’s important.” Public Service Director Paul Roman said the company met the best bid criteria. If the company ever had a project that needed apprentices, it would likely go through the union, he said.
•The purchase of permanent easements from Judith K. Depeal, Betty J. Barnes, Jeffrey L. Smith, Lori Smith, David A. Jaeger, and Dianne R. Jaeger for the Starr Avenue Bridge replacement project.