City Manager's Update to Council April 5th, 2016
First off tonight, I want to thank the community for the support they showed their city employees on March 15th. A simple majority obviously would have kept the 1.5% income tax in place for another five (5) years. The fact that the issue passed by over a 2 to 1 margin though, is what the staff felt was very rewarding. Even more rewarding than the margin, was the fact that we increased the percentage of approval from the previous vote in 2011, from 65% to 68%. That came, more importantly, with an increase in voter turnout of sixty-six percent. I believe we have reached uncharted waters when we start to get in the area of 70% approval with tax issues but that is definitely a goal to strive for in 2021. Thank you Clyde.
Work on the Waste Water Treatment Plant's (WWTP) Flow Equalization (EQ) Basin has somewhat slowed now that the majority of the work has moved into the Preliminary Treatment (PT) Building. Over the past week, we have been trying to bring one of the new rotating drum screen on line but the start-up has been difficult. Factory programming reps. were on scene today trouble shooting the electronics. Work outside, at the current time, mostly centers around finish grading and preparations needed for the installation of the perimeter fence. The monthly progress meeting between engineers, contractor and staff is scheduled for tomorrow morning at 9am. I am certain that the Substantial Completion Date of April 8th will be adjusted.
The Clyde Solar Energy Center (CSEC) is still a very busy and muddy construction site. In the past two weeks the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) Contractor has been installing the photovoltaic (PV) panels. As of today, approximately 25% of the panels have been installed.
The construction plans for both the Clyde Light and Power Building and the Maintenance/Office Building for the Parks Department were sent to the State for Building Permit purposes on March 29th. A tentative timeline for the construction of the buildings would be to bid them on May 16th and have substantial completion by the end of October. We are currently receiving stone at the sites and will be preparing the foundation footprints over the next few weeks.
Both the General Service (GSD) and the Environmental Service (EVS) Departments are concentrating on work needed prior to this year's extensive resurfacing program. The GS Department has already installed a storm sewer on Ralston, numerous catch basins and over 150 feet of new curb on West Thomson. They still need to complete approximately 42 ADA ramps and some road widening prior to resurfacing. The EVS Department will be installing some needed water/sewer taps and will also be exercising/inspecting valves ahead of the paver.
The Ohio Department of Transportation opened bids for our US RT 20 culvert replacement near Hall's Market on March 24th. Mosser Construction, Incorporated out of Fremont submitted the low bid of $609,079.80 and were awarded the contract. The replacement structure is a 63"X98" Elliptical Reinforced Concrete Pipe (ERCP) and is 118' in length. In 2014, we were awarded approximately $400,000 in an Ohio Small City Grant for this project. A construction schedule has not been determined at this time.
Misc. City Updates...
CL&P should take delivery of their new Bucket Truck by April 22nd
The Service Department should take delivery of their new leaf machine on April 29th
The reservoirs are full and we will be "topping-off" as needed
We have received a "draft" of the USEPA Report on the Old Paint Factory. Their Summary
and Conclusion states, "Based on the intended future use of the property, the sample results
collected by the EPA and the City of Clyde, no further action is recommended."
We currently have four (4) new home starts permitted for 2016.
Sandco Industries has scheduled their Ground Breaking Ceremony for April 18th at 10:30am