Licking County News

Dec. 10 meeting

Tabled roadwork ordinance back on City Council's plate


Pataskala City Council's street committee Monday, Dec. 10, is scheduled to discuss Pataskala's Roadway Asset Management Plan and engineering services for 2013.

The entire Pataskala City Council is expected to meet after the street committee session to consider both issues. Read the Dec. 16 edition of the ThisWeek Licking County News for details of City Council's decisions.

City Council Nov. 19 tabled an ordinance to advertise for bids and allow City Administrator Tim Boland to enter into contracts for 2013 road improvements.

Councilman Mike Compton raised concerns about the work done this year on Havens Corners Road, which, he said, is not yet complete and has been done haphazardly. He said he had lost confidence in the work of the city's contracted engineering firm, EMH&T of Columbus.

Councilwoman Merissa McKinstry suggested City Council table the ordinance for further discussion.

Boland said he hopes City Council will reconsider the ordinance after the street committee's review. He said if City Council this month approves the ordinance, road projects could be designed and bid in the first fiscal quarter, with construction starting in the spring.

"It would align us better with the construction season," he said.

City Council approved the issuance of $1.5 million in bonds to help finance the 2013 road improvements, just as it did this year when bond anticipation notes worth $750,000 were issued to help pay for $3.2 million worth of road projects.

The city's Roadway Asset Management Plan, which was completed in 2011, identifies an estimated $17 million in local road repairs. About $14 million worth of projects remain in the RAMP after this year's work.

The street committee also is expected to review a contract for engineering services.

In October, City Council declined to renew a contract with EMH&T, sparking discussion of hiring a full-time engineer instead.

The contract with EMH&T expires Dec. 31. Finance Director James Nicholson said the contract with EMH&T called for a weekly rate of $1,666, which equates to $86,632 for work in 2012.

Oct. 15, City Council considered a resolution "... authorizing and directing the city administrator to advertise and to accept qualification statements and fee proposals (and) to enter into agreement for the professional engineer services for 2013 and create list of pre-qualified engineer firms."

City Council voted to split the resolution into two: one to advertise and to accept qualification statements and fee proposals and create list of pre-qualified engineer firms, the other to enter into agreement for the professional engineer services for 2013.

City Council voted 6-0 in favor of requesting proposals and creating a list of engineers with whom to work.

The second resolution to hire an engineering firm was opposed by Bernard Brush, Mike Fox and Compton and supported by Dan Hayes, McKinstry and Pat Sagar.

Mayor Steve Butcher was not present at the meeting to break the tie, so the second resolution failed.