Sep 172014

By Naomi Hatch

The Taylor Town Council awarded a contract to Hatch Construction earlier this month for the Papermill Road Project.

“We recently went out to bid for the Papermill Road project,” Taylor Public Works Director Jeremy Peters advised the town council Sept. 3, noting he had results of the bids that were opened the previous day.

Peters explained that the project will tear out the asphalt, stabilize the subgrade and repave with 4” of asphalt Papermill Road from 700 West to Highland Blvd., a 400’ section of road.

Peters also explained that they will improve drainage issues from Highland Blvd. and Papermill Road to 1,200 feet east on Highland Blvd. Culverts will be installed and manholes raised.

Vice Mayor Shawn Palmer asked if this project could also widen the entryway at Foothills Blvd., because he has noticed that CR Smith Trucking trucks have a difficult time making that turn.

Town Manager Gus Lundberg said that he had talked to CR Smith Trucking officials and they do not use Highland Blvd. due to the dip in the road, which will be repaired when the culvert is put in there.

Lundberg told the council members that they had the option of approving the project or adding a 15 percent contingency to the project, which would give the town the unit price of the project in case there are other issues.

Peters said that Hatch Construction had the low bid at $88,738.85 and recommended the council award the contract to that firm. Western Grade bid $97,700; Combs Construction, $116,115; and Surface Contracting, $139,354.50.

A motion to award Hatch Construction a contract for the Papermill Road pavement rehabilitation project for $88,738.85 with a 15 percent contingency was approved unanimously.

In other business, Councilmen Jason Brubaker and Dave Smith recapped their experiences at the recent League of Arizona Cities Conference. Councilman Carl Cosper also attended, but was unable to attend the council meeting.

Building Official Allen Davis and Lundberg were also at the conference and reported on their experiences.