Occasionally progress comes in leaps and bounds (thank you Mr. Burbick for your Phoenix project downtown) but most of the time it inches its way forward tripping, slipping and sliding along the way. Traction can be hard to generate even on the easy stuff, much less the hard stuff, but either way without good traction applying the petal to the metal does nothing more than spin our wheels faster (or at least that’s what the Engineers tell me). As impatient as I get I do understand that we citizens set up our government to be slow moving on purpose, we didn’t want hasty action when it comes to our community so we put a lot of controls on how our city operates. That’s not to say we can’t improve, we absolutely can, but our DNA will always be more donkey than thoroughbred. Just remember that the tortoise beat the hare so there’s hope for this donkey yet. Here’s some updates from our Engineers on some topical Kent issues.
Updates From Engineering
Crain Avenue Buildings Bid
There were no proposals received to remove any of the structures to be demolished by the Crain Avenue Project. We are still working on getting the remaining occupants moved. Once the structures are empty, the regional S.W.A.T. team will be using them for training prior to demolition.
Old Red Diner Downtown
We received 4 proposals to demolish what remains of the old Diner. The asbestos abatement is complete and we are sending the contracts out for signature today (Jan 23). We will be able to authorize the contractor, Roberts General Excavating, to proceed as early as February 3, 2009. Dave Roberts said he will have it cleaned up in a day.
Demo Old Houses on SR 59
The asbestos survey is underway for the old houses on SR 59. If asbestos is found, it will be removed per EPA regulations. We will have the building demolition package put together for early spring. Once it is warm enough to get grass established on the graded site, we will authorize the demolition. (early April)
Crain Avenue Bridge Re-Opening (posted on the Blog Jan 24)
Midwest Mole has made the following progress completing the repairs necessary for the City’s storm sewer since the last update of Jan 12, 2009:
Directional drilling through the rock under the rails is complete
Manholes have been installed on the river side and wall side of the tracks
Pipe has been placed between river and the east side of the rails
Headwall at river outfall partially completed
Vertical pipe connecting to City storm sewer is partially completed
Work is progressing today attempting to make the final tie into the City’s upper storm sewer pipe. Remaining to be done is the completion of the tie in at the City’s storm sewer, completion of the headwall at the Cuyahoga River and site cleanup. Currently Midwest Mole is projecting their work to be completed by Friday January 30, 2009.
I will forward an update as Midwest Mole’s work progresses and if they complete their work early or experience delays requiring the bridge to remain closed past their current estimated completion date.
City Trash Service Bid
Gene Roberts received 3 bids from contractors (R&R Sanitation, J&J Refuse, and Waste Management) interested in providing citywide trash service in Kent. Gene is reviewing the bids and preparing a tabulation that will go to City Council for discussion at their February 4th Committee meeting.