Greenville sidewalks to be replaced

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 9:49 am on Wednesday, August 21, 2013


GREENVILLE — Some sidewalks throughout Greenville that have been upheaved by tree roots will be replaced to smooth them out.

During Tuesday night’s meeting, the Greenville City Council approved the removal and replacement of sidewalk slabs throughout the city that have been raised in excess of two inches.

“A number of sections of sidewalk have been upheaved by tree roots,” said Greenville Engineer Doug Hinken. “There are about 53 that are more than 2 inches.”

He noted about 1,700 square feet of sidewalk will be replaced.

There are many sections that have been upheaved but are less than the 2 inches and this project is only focusing on ones that are 2 inches or more, according to Hinken.

Hinken explained that if an accident occurs as a result of the sidewalk slabs being raised above 2 inches, the city, under state law, is then liable for any property damage or injury if either or both occur.

“As a result, we are proposing to have the low bidder meeting specification remove those slabs and replace them at ground level,” he said.

The council awarded the bit to D&R Concrete of Mecosta in an amount not to exceed $9,549. The funds were budgeted in the 2013-2014 budget to come out of the major and local street funds.

Mayor Pro Tem Frances Schuleit asked why there was a wide variety of bids with the highest bid coming in at $21,100 from Fleet Contracting of Lowell.

Hinken explained he first solicited bids in July and only received the one bid from Fleet Contracting.

“I called around asking why (companies) did not bid,” Hinken said. “Some said they forgot and others were too busy at the time to include it.”

Because of this, Hinken said he waited and rebid the project.

“Do you have experience with D&R Concrete?” asked Councilman Lloyd Scoby.

The past two projects, Hinken said, D&R Concrete has worked with Greenville, including the Baldwin Lake Beach project.

In other business, the council approved:

• A bid for purchase of a John Deere Gator to Nelson’s Speed Shop of Greenville in the amount not to exceed $7,276.

• Entering into executive session to discuss with legal counsel a proposed settlement agreement with Eureka Township in connection with the pending Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigations.

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