Smooth moves

The rough winter appears to be finally over and now the city of Dunkirk is looking to address its rough streets.

Director of Public Works Tony Gugino and DPW Engineer Randy Woodbury were present Monday at a meeting of the Common Council Public Works Committee to report on the city’s plans to address the damaged roads.

Councilwoman Stacy Szukala chairs the committee and asked the DPW officials where the city was planning-wise as far as paving and whether there was a list of streets to be fixed.

Gugino said there was not a finalized list yet, but the city does have a plan worked out.

“Our first phase is repair on our hot-in-place. Randy is meeting with one of our vendors that’s on a state contract price list and we’re going to be looking at a new product that will help get this done quickly, quietly and much more efficiently,” he continued. ” … The hot-in-place is the first target then we’re looking to target extensively with a big chunk of our CHIPS money. We’re going to be doing complete milling and repaving.”

Gugino said there are three main focus points.

“First, Third and Fourth wards with regular projects and the target areas around Washington Park and other HUD-related zones we want to hit. In summary, Randy (Woodbury) is going to be getting the contractor over here as soon as we can, … the early part of next week is the goal, to look at the application of this product we want to use,” he said, adding it has to be determined if the application can be done. “I think it can and we all think it can, but we want the vendor to come over here. … The scenario can even be because they have the product and they do the application, it may be come in at one shot and do all over the hot-in-place streets.”

Gugino said one of Woodbury’s missions was to find a vendor or contractor that was qualified under a state bid. He added a similar application was done to Route 5 last year in Irving.

“We’ve used the same company when we did the Fourth Street reconstruction project in 2007, so if it works for what we need to have put on top of that hot-in-place list of streets, that would be great, we can get that knocked off,” Gugino stated.

Szukala wanted to make clear the city would be following bidding guidelines.

“With that there would be no bid because it’s all state contract prices,” … the state has already negotiated the price,” Gugino explained.

Councilwoman-at-Large Stephanie Kiyak asked about using qualified companies under a county bid.

Gugino replied that when it came to remilling streets there is a county contracted company that does the milling.

“When Randy is ready to get them in he picks up the phone, schedules it out with them. It would be through the bid process that’s already been bid through the legal format of the county,” Gugino added.

Kiyak wanted to know if there was anything the city needed to bid out.

“Yes, only if we choose to go to an outside contractor to do the actual paving work on regular streets. The milling can be done with county price. We never want to hold up and commit the county to paving all our streets for us if we can’t,” Gugino added.

“The county and state have already bid the surface treatment that Mr. Gugino talked about. We can tap into that as it were and it would be the same as if the city bid it itself, and the same thing for some of the milling,” Woodbury added. “Wherever we can we will do those that were already bid according to the same process that we would do. There are some smaller projects that we will design first, and then if there isn’t an exact analog at county or state we will bid them.”

Gugino stated this year the DPW likely will have the largest amount of funding available for street repairs in his 10-plus years as DPW director.

“Not to forget also that Route 5, Route 60, 8.8 miles of those roads are being done, including all of the Route 5 stretch through the city east and west, and Route 60 through the city. The state is doing all of that on their own,” Gugino added. “You look at all of this, our efforts, county efforts, the state presence on that project, there’s going to be a lot of construction going on all over the streets and I’m excited.”

Pothole repair is being done on an as-needed basis and residents can call City Hall or the Streets Department at 366-4411 to report potholes that need immediate attention.

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