Greenville, county to team up for road work

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:56 am on Thursday, June 06, 2013

GREENVILLE — The city of Greenville and Road Commission for Montcalm County are teaming up for a chip and seal project to be performed within the city.

During Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council approved a contract with the Road Commission for Montcalm County for street sealing in the amount not to exceed $146,257.

“We have a good working relationship with the county,” said Public Services Director Mike Chesher.

The county’s bid will cost $1.82 per square yard and will included fog sealing — a second layer of emulsion over the newly chip sealed streets.

Chesher said only one other company responded to the bid request and was going to charge $2.25 per square yard, plus an additional $0.45 per square yard for fog seal.

“Most of the businesses we had do it in the past are out of business,” said Chesher, noting not many businesses offer this type of project anymore. “It’s an excellent bid the county submitted for us.”

The funding will be split between two funds — the local streets fund and the major streets fund.

The streets to be done under the major streets fund include:

• Grove Street from Franklin to Hillcrest streets.

• Montcalm Street from Franklin to Hillcrest streets.

The streets to be done under the local streets fund include:

• Cherry Street from Summit to Van Deinse streets.

• James Street from Grove to Montcalm streets.

• Baldwin Street from Grove to Orange streets.

• Orange Street from Barry to Bower streets.

• Cass Street from Hillcrest to Franklin streets.

• Barry Street from Washington to Benton streets.

• Benton Street from Nelson to Ruth streets.

• Benton Street from Barr to Franklin streets.

• Benton Street from Clay to Webster streets.

• Ruth Street from Benton to Oak streets.

• Judd Street from Cedar to Maple streets.

• Crescent Street from Greenbrier to Crestview streets.

Councilwoman Jeanne Cunliffe said Cass Street was becoming dangerous for Danish Festival parade walkers and is happy it is getting redone.

“Thumbs up for getting that ready and for the people who live here,” Cunliffe said.

Councilman Mark Lehman asked how often the roads are done. Chesher said ideally it is done every either to 10 years and roads are usually done in the same general area to help with costs.

Chesher said partnership between the city and the county for this project is good to have.

“It’s a cooperative effort between the city and the county,” he said. “The state is looking for that when it comes to revenue sharing.”

The projects are projected to begin after July 1, but to be finished before the Danish Festival in August.

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