As work continues on the reconstruction of Harper Drive and Colony Court, Saline City Council approved four more projects for 2018 at Monday’s city council meeting.
The current projects were holdovers from the 2017 bidding season. Council tacked four new projects onto the existing contract with DN Higgins. Midwestern Consulting was retained to prepare the workplan and cost estimate.
The following projects were approved.
- Peoples Park parking lot. The city is converting tennis courts to a parking lot for $66,780. The goal is to eventually build another tennis court at the park.
- Monroe Street. Resurfacing from the bridge to the city limits. Cost is estimated at $47,477.
- Harris Street. Resurfacing from Michigan Avenue to Henry Street. Cost is estimated at $36,004.
- Barnes Court resurfacing. Estimated cost at $111,126.
City council voted 4-2 in favor of awarding the projects to DN Higgins. Councillors Janet Dillon and Christen Mitchell voted against the contracts.
After city superintendent Gary Roubal addressed council, Mitchell asked if repairing Barnes court was a wise use of limited resources. Dillon agreed.
Roubal said the city has TIFA District funds, tax money collected from the Tax Increment Finance Authority district, and that it must spend the money within the TIFA district. Roubal said this was the best use of the TIFA funds.
But some councillors weren’t swayed.
“I struggle with the idea of spending $110,000 on a road that serves a business and a half,” Dillon said.
Dillon’s vote against the contract, however, also because she’s been opposed to the city’s plan to remove the Peoples Park tennis courts and replace them with a parking lot. Parking for little league baseball/softball became an issue when the city sold the Karpinski property north of the park to a developer. Since then, little league parents have used Monroe Street for parking, and some city officials believe that’s potentially dangerous. Dillon has said it’s not worth removing tennis courts for a parking lot that’s only needed a dozen times a year.