GIBRALTAR: DDA approves water main replacement project

GIBRALTAR: DDA approves water main replacement project

GIBRALTAR — The Downtown Development Authority approved going out for bids to replace the very old West Jefferson Avenue water main.

The decision was made Tuesday at a meeting of the authority.

The main is located between Middle Gibraltar and North Gibraltar roads.

The DDA will pay half of the engineering cost, estimated at $30,000. The other $30,000 will come from the city’s water fund.

The $60,000 is expected to cover the bidding process along with choosing the best method to replace the water main.

City Administrator Derek Thiel presented three alternatives to replacing the main, two of which would require direct drilling and the third, which would require open cutting.

He said there will be no additional cost for multiple bids.

Thiel said the engineers will review elevating the water main to a more manageable level so the Department of Public Works can work on it with its own equipment.

At its current depth, it would need to be contracted out for repair, according to Thiel.

“It probably will be a winter project,” he said. Continued…

Thiel said the ground can get “soupy” during the summer, making weather-permitting winter months more realistic for working on the main.

He said he would check with the engineers regarding whether the replacement would interrupt water service during the project.

Mayor James Gorris said the main has outlived its usefulness. It dates to the 1920s.

He said it is better to replace it before a break makes it difficult for the city to repair.

“The risk is certainly there,” Gorris said.

In other business:

•The DDA accepted the lone bid for five signs that will help direct people around the city, making it easier for them to find City Hall and the Police Department.

The signs will be made of color core, a polymer plastic, Thiel said.

Using the durable plastic will save the city about $5,000 compared to composite wood, he said.

•The DPW began work on the small park next to City Hall, 29450 Munro Ave. Continued…

Thiel said a drainage system was installed and the rest of the work should be completed next week by Labor Day.

The park is closed during construction.

•Nick Lomako, a Wade Trim planning consultant, tabled discussion on a plan for a storage unit for the Kingsbridge apartment complexes.

A site plan was presented to the firm, but Lomako suggested revisions to the plan before final submission to the city.

The revisions include making sure the storage unit is out of a floodplain, specifying the height of the units and describing what kind of lighting the units will have.

Lomako said the structure will be U-shaped, but the plan does not specify what will be in the courtyard.

•The DPS completed work installing LED lights throughout the city, according to Thiel.

A DTE Energy grant helped pay for the fixtures.

“I’m happy to see it’s done,” said Patrick Valentine, council liaison.


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