Wheeling City Council Approves $900,000 in Paving Projects

Photo by Joselyn King Wheeling City Manager Robert Herron, from left, Mayor Glenn Elliott and Vice Mayor Chad Thalman speak before Tuesday’s city council meeting.

WHEELING — The smell of asphalt and road improvements soon will permeate the air in many Wheeling neighborhoods as the city takes on nearly $900,000 in street paving projects.

Wheeling City Council on Tuesday approved three separate ordinances involving 44 total paving projects throughout the city, with all work set to happen this fall. When added together, the projects will cost taxpayers $883,259.

Included in the work will be the paving of the Wheeling bike trail from Warwood to the Pike Island Locks and Dam, as well as many streets throughout the city.

The Cast and Baker Corp. of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania won the bids to lay the asphalt, beating out NLS Paving of Martins Ferry and Kelly Paving of Rayland.

City Manager Robert Herron said planned paving will begin within the next 30 days, with an expected completion date of mid-November.

“In the 16 years I’ve been here, this is the largest combination of paving contracts we’ve had,” Herron said to council. “Congratulations.”

He said based on the conversations he has had with Cast and Baker, the firm is ready to begin work.

As fall approaches, Herron encouraged council to allow both required readings of the ordinances to take place on Tuesday, then to vote and pass the measures so the projects could begin.

∫ Under the first ordinance, Cast and Baker first will be paid $732,343 for the bulk of the asphalt work. Of this amount, $727,343 will be paid through Wheeling sales tax collections, with the remaining $5,000 coming from the operations budget.

NLS bid $782,086 to do the job; and Kelly, $1,019,044.

∫ The second ordinance will pay Cast and Baker $150,000 to pave roads already designated for work through Community Development Block Grant funding.

NLS submitted a bid of $153,124; and Kelly, $204,384.

∫ The third ordinance directs $95,000 to Cast and Baker for the bike trail resurfacing. NLS bid $96,385 for the job; and Kelly, $169,495.

Mayor Glenn Elliott, Vice Mayor Chad Thalman, and council members Brian Wilson, Wendy Scatterday, Ty Thorngate and David Palmer voted unanimously to pass each of the measures. Councilman Ken Imer was not present.

After the meeting, Herron explained it made economic sense to bid out the long list of paving projects at one time.

“You minimize mobilization costs,” he said. “We have a fairly extensive list of streets to do, and a fair amount of time. There’s an economy of scale.”

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