Point approves paving bid for Mt. Vernon, finally

Beth Sergent

May 16, 2014

POINT PLEASANT — The people of Mt. Vernon Ave. are very nearly at the end of a saga of bumpy rides, gravel dust and general frustration with the condition of their street.

This week, the City of Point Pleasant voted to accept a bid from Myers Paving for four inches of asphalt to repave both sides of Mt. Vernon Ave. from the 2100 to 2200 block. The bid was for $39,450. The city received another bid for asphalt from a company from Lavalette which had a bid of $115,950. Council members, as well as resident Tim Clendenen stressed to engineer Mike Davis to make sure the $39,450 bid is comparable to the $115,950 in terms of what needs to be done to the street.

The city also received a bid for concreting the street from the same business in Lavalette for $231,000. The city determined this price was too steep considering the unfunded mandates the city has undertaken for the flood wall and North Point Pleasant Drainage Project, plus the other 26.5 miles of streets the city has to maintain.

On Friday, Mayor Brian Billings said Davis had sent the contract to Myers Paving to sign and if it is acceptable after Davis’ review, Myers will have 60 days to complete the job which includes four inches of asphalt. If for any reason the Myer’s bid isn’t what the city wants, Billings said he may call a special meeting of council to discuss options to get moving on the project. In addition, Billings said the city will work on adding a drain line in this block to keep water flowing. Also, Davis was to get in touch with contractors to do rehabilitation work on the curbs in the area.

Billings said if the Myer’s bid is acceptable, he didn’t see why the job couldn’t be done in June.

Also discussed at this week’s city council meeting, Councilman Bob Rulen brought up literature from a company in Cincinnati who has developed a humane device to keep geese away from public parks. This device basically looks like a solar lamp or a buoy which can be placed in water. It’s solar operated and it emits a strobe of light which disrupts the geese as they sleep and they, theoretically move on. These devices can be placed in the pond and there is a 90-day money back guarantee.

Council asked Rulen to look into purchasing the devices. It’s estimated the city would need around three to cover the whole park. Though the geese are loved by some at the park, others aren’t a fan of their droppings and aggressive behavior when goslings are young and strolling around the park among people who are out on the walking trail.