Gloversville to pave 14 city streets

GLOVERSVILLE – The Common Council has awarded a bid to a company to repave 14 city streets.

Empire Paving of Schenectady offered the lowest price out of seven bidders that submitted proposals to do the work, the city says.

The city will pay Empire Paving $334,602 to do the job, according to a council resolution.

The city sought bids for paving and improving 14 streets across all six wards.

City Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones originally estimated the cost for the work at $321,905. Because the the bid came in higher than expected, the city moved around line items in the budget to cover the cost.

Jones found room in a number of line items within his yearly budget to cover the majority of the cost. The council also approved the use of $8,000 from the contingency fund.

“The [cost to pave the] average street is in the $30,000 or more range, so if we didn’t do a street, we would be losing more than we are gaining,” Jones told the council.

Jones said the city has received $360,000 in CHiPS funding this year, with $33,000 of that going toward the cost of a street sweeper.

He previously said the original list was much larger and was based on an evaluation of the streets, public complaints and requests from the public or council members. He said the original list evaluated about $600,000 worth of work, which was then trimmed by city officials to what it could afford.

In other recent city council business:

The council recognized and thanked members of the police and fire departments for their efforts May 7, when they responded to 51 Yale St., where a woman was impaled on a stockade fence.

“All involved first responders showed quick thinking, vast medical knowledge, compassion and superior physical and mental strength to ensure the injured woman was held steady while crews from each department did necessary work to ensure a safe outcome,” a council resolution said.

Those recognized from the Police Department were Jonathan Becker, Richard Richardson, Michael Scott and Michael Shang. Those recognized from the Fire Department included Eric Alley, Edward Martelle, William Nealon and William Rowback.

Levi Pascher can be reached by email at [email protected].

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