2017-11-12 / News

Village picks engineer for 2018 street improvement projects

By Jeanne Marcello
Staff Reporter

VILLAGE OF CHESANING – The Chesaning Village Council is preparing for another round of street improvements in 2018. Village administrator Troy Feltman has been busy lining up financing and engineering for the project so the village will be ready to go out for bid in late winter.

During the Nov. 7 meeting, council members weighed engineering proposals from both Spicer Group and OHM Advisors.

Feltman said, “We’re up against a timeline, looking for a late winter bid.”

Village president Joseph Sedlar, Jr. said, “We have two very viable engineering companies. We might consider assigning infrastructure to OHM and roads to Spicer, rather than having them cross over into each other’s area. We have to get these contracts out.”

Feltman said, “Spicer came in and mobile mapped the community at their own expense earlier in the year, with the idea the data would be an asset for future projects.”

Charles Rolfe of OHM said his firm will be mobile mapping as part of the street improvement project, if their firm is awarded the contract.

Councilman Trent Vondrasek asked Spicer Group executive vice president Don Scherzer, “You said you wouldn’t go out for bid until March 3? How will that impact the bids?”

Scherzer responded, “A lot of things have to take place and we can still meet the spring schedule. I think you’re still going to see good numbers.” He point- ed out that asphalt suppliers don’t open until Memorial Day.

When it came time to select an engineering firm for the street projects, councilman Michael Cicalo said, “I like both firms. OHM is coming in a little lower, I’d stay with them.”

Sedlar said, “I’m leaning the opposite. I’ve worked with Spicer. They’ve done some free, gratis work, helping us when the bridge was in the river.”

Vondrasek said, “Competition breeds competitiveness. I’m leaning with Mike and OHM. They did a nice job and they are lower.”

The council voted to award the professional services contract to OHM Advisors.

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