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City slated to start repaving streets

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council on Tuesday approved a resolution to solicit bids for the 2020 street resurfacing contract.

Department of Public Works Director Christopher Perry in June reported to the Common Council that he was notified that the state will be releasing the city’s Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program grant funding from the state Department of Transportation to cover the cost of this year’s street resurfacing program.

Despite concerns about reductions in state aid as the state faces a funding shortfall this year related to the coronavirus, Perry stated that the city would be able to move forward with resurfacing as planned after being notified that the city’s CHIPS funding would be reduced by only 3 percent or approximately $12,000 from the previous year’s funding level of $362,280.

The Common Council during the June 23 meeting tabled action on a resolution to solicit bids for the city’s street resurfacing contract after Gloversville and Amsterdam officials reached an agreement to send their city’s respective projects out to bid together to receive a lower overall rate. Perry estimated that bidding the projects out together could result in a cost reduction for Gloversville of 5 to 10 percent that could in the future allow the city to resurface an extra street each year.

Amsterdam as of late June had not selected streets for resurfacing and was not yet prepared to solicit bids. Mayor Vincent DeSantis during a special meeting on Tuesday reported that the two cities will not be able to go out to bid for street resurfacing contracts this year as Amsterdam officials still have not decided which streets to resurface.

“We would have to wait an inordinate time to get these out and then we’d be getting into cold weather by the time we were actually resurfacing, so it proved to be impossible,” said DeSantis.

Gloversville City Attorney Anthony Casale, who is also corporation counsel for the city of Amsterdam, is reportedly working on an intermunicipal agreement between the two cities in preparation for the joint solicitation of bids for street resurfacing next spring.

“I think this is a big step to be partnering with another city on these things, it could open the doors to a lot of things that could save us some money in the future,” said DeSantis.

Although the two cities currently follow different specifications for street resurfacing, DeSantis noted that a single request for bids could itemize the varying scopes of work to be completed in each city.

DeSantis added that he discussed in detail with Amsterdam Mayor Michael Cinquanti Gloversville’s process for resurfacing that reaps more mileage from the CHIPS funding, indicating Cinquanti’s interest in learning more and possibly introducing the same process in Amsterdam.

The Common Council on Tuesday approved a resolution to solicit sealed bids for the 2020 street resurfacing contract to be returned to the city by July 22 at 10 a.m.

The city this year is planning to contract out the resurfacing of portions of Vanwyck Street, Hawk Street, Division Street, South Main Street, Woodside Avenue, South Boulevard, Judson Parkway, Oakland Avenue, Lark Street, Woodside Avenue, First Street, Spring Street, Orchard Street, Grandoe Lane, Maple Avenue and William Street.

The city additionally plans to repave the intersection of Kingsboro Avenue and East Fulton Street, the parking lot at Darling Field and the basketball court at Elk Street Park.

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