City Manager's Update to Council July 19th, 2016
Work continues on the US RT 20 Culvert Replacement by Hall's Market. The outlet (North) end of the culvert has been completed and Mosser Construction is preparing to move traffic to the second of three patterns. This second traffic pattern will have only one lane Eastbound and one lane Westbound. The project has cleared all city utilities on the North side of US RT 20 and appears to be proceeding on schedule. Again, please remain alert while traveling in this area.
Classical Construction (CC) broke ground on South Street two weeks ago and their progress has been impressive. The Parks' Building has been framed, roofed and sided. Late this afternoon, steel for the concrete floor was being dropped off at the site but a pour date has not been determined. It appears as if the CL&P framing will start tomorrow so by our next meeting that structure should be substantially completed.
At our last meeting, I mentioned that the Hurd Park Trail was the only remaining item to complete on our 2016 Paving Program. The trail is now paved and the final grading has been completed. Growing grass might be a challenge during this dry Summer but we will get it eventually. The next step, from the city's end, will be the installation of the trail lighting. As I am sure you remember, the Clyde Exchange Club donated $7,000 towards this endeavor.
Great Lakes Demolition Co. started removal of the concrete floor and foundation at the site of the "Old Paint Factory" today. The removal should be completed by this Thursday. At that time we will haul in clean fill, grade the entire area and seed it.
The Environmental Services Department (EVS) is still prepping for the major job at the Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) which will consist of replacing approximately 450 linear feet of 24" sanitary sewer line from the WWTP to US RT 20. The past two weeks have been spent on cleaning up their "to-do" list so once they start the 24" replacement; they have minimal distractions in other areas of the city.
The General Service Department has spent the last two weeks on curb-side services and bridge maintenance work. Nearly every day we have two brush crews working thru-out the city and numerous times during the week, the new leaf machine is in action. I believe everyone is starting to get used to the new leaf/grass clippings policy despite the big change. Quite simply, it was a change that had to made in order to keep staffing down and be more efficient with our man-hours. As far as the bridge maintenance work goes, the annual inspection of our eleven bridges and countless culverts always leaves us with a lengthy "punch-list" of items that need attention. The crew is doing a great job of cleaning up this list.