By Nathalie Hardy • Columnist • 

County to pave part of Worden Hill Road

The $294,986 contract covers paving from the Highway 240 intersection to just short of Fairview Drive, said Public Works Director John Phelan. Barring objections or adverse weather, work will begin in four to six weeks, he said.

Any objections must be filed by 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6.

Acting in their Local Contract Review Board capacity, the commissioners also unanimously approved two exceptions to the public bidding process to facilitate a pair of small projects.

First, they exempted design work on a set of informational kiosks from the normal three-bid requirement.

Phelan said he would like to work with Sea Reach Ltd. of Sheridan, which has offered to develop two prototypes of roofed, double-sided kiosks designed to replace welters of blue signs at several key intersections.

He said the contract for the design work would run $17,900, and the idea was to ensure “uniform fabrication of blue sign kiosks.”

If the prototypes meet the commissioners satisfaction, the plan is to issue a request for bids for future additional kiosks, based on the Sea Reach Ltd. specifications, from all interested vendors, Phelan said. He said the plan is to install one or two kiosks a year over the next five years. 

Second, they approved an exception to the normal low-bid dictate for the updating of a vehicle-washing station used by public works.

The aim is to reduce the treatment plant burden for the city during peak rain events and thus facilitate city compliance with its Department of Environmental Quality permits. The work is expected to run about $80,000.

Phelan proposed using a combined design-and-build process, arguing it will save money and increase efficiency, rather than put the design and construction projects out to bid separately.

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