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Oregon City council on Monday awarded a bid to a contractor to install sidewalks on the north side of Navarre Avenue between Coy and Lallendorf roads, to improve safety for pedestrians.

Council accepted a bid of $89,210 bid of Cash Services, LLC., Genoa, to furnish labor, materials and equipment for the sidewalk project.

Cash Services was the lowest of six bids submitted for the project and opened by the department of public service on Oct. 2. Midwest Contracting, Inc., Holland, submitted a bid for $126,162.50. Quinn Concrete Construction, Inc., Toledo, submitted a bid for $131,980. Smith Paving and Excavating, Inc., Norwalk, Ohio, submitted a bid for $115,855. KF Construction and Excavating, Inc., Clyde, Ohio, submitted a bid of $112,800. And Audia Construction, Milford, Michigan, submitted a bid of $119,547.

Despite the disparity in the bid between Cash Services and the other five companies, the unit costs submitted by Cash are in line with typical commercial sidewalk repair, according to the Department of Public Service.

The project has been greatly anticipated by a group of disabled residents, many in wheelchairs, who demonstrated on the road two years ago to raise awareness of their plight to get to nearby shops and grocery stores in the area. Many have had to travel in the street due to a lack of sidewalks.

“This is a project we’ve been watching fairly closely and I think it’s ready to happen,” said Mayor Mike Seferian. “We believe the $89,000 represents a very good cost to the property owners and we expect most will take part in having this contractor do this work at that rate. It would be hard to do the work on your own much cheaper. It represents the cost of the entire mile going all the way to Lallendorf Road. However, we believe the first half would be installed this year, and the second half would be completed by the middle of next year.”

Councilman Jim Seaman asked what the cut off date would be to pour concrete due to cold weather.

“Typically, you can go all the way until the end of November,” said Public Service Director Paul Roman. “But usually in December, you have to start covering concrete to allow it to cure properly. Usually, the first week in December is the cut off. But sometimes you get good years when it’s still warm and we can keep going.”

The first half of the sidewalks will be installed from Coy to just in front of Walmart, added Roman, and will be usable by Christmas.

“That work would be done by November 22,” said Roman. “Then everything else will be done by April 30 next year,” said Roman. “It’s likely sometime in May we’ll bring forth an assessment ordinance for the whole project, and usually you don’t do that until you know your true cost. This really was a very, very competitive bid.  I really don’t think the public is going to see a better price. I think a lot of them now will elect to have the city do this work. It was probably a good idea to do it all as one big project. Larger quantity does help on unit price.”

“I would have liked to see it all get done this year,” said Council President Tom Susor. “But the fact that it’s getting done excites me just the same.”

The estimated cost to install the five foot wide sidewalk on the north side of Navarre from Coy to Lallendorf was $112,000, according to Roman.

“This bid came in much lower, so it’s a very good price,” he said.

Roman said the city’s Street Department also did some preliminary work on the project.

“A lot of it was re-grading and drainage, raising catch basins, some relocation and adding fill to bring it up to grade. The value of it was between $20,000 and $30,000. You do save money when you do it in-house as well,” he said.

Just the north side of Navarre will get sidewalks because over 90 percent of it is developed. Only 50 percent of the south side of the road is developed.

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