Gloversville seeks bids for paving 14 streets

GLOVERSVILLE – The city is seeking bids to pave and improve 14 streets across all six wards.

The Common Council on Tuesday voted to seek proposals from contractors for the resurfacing of city streets. Sealed bids will be accepted in the City Clerk’s office until 10 a.m. June 19. The bids will then be publicly opened and read aloud.

The 14 city streets that are planned to be paved and improved include: Fremont Street from Washington to Forest; Division Street from Washington to Steele; Park Street from East Pine to top of hill; Grandview from Kingsboro to Raven; Lexington Avenue from Broad to Sixth; Allen Street from East Fulton to Prospect; Chestnut Street from East Fulton to Prospect; Fox Street from First Ave to Oakland; Fifth Street from West Pine to Broad; Second Street from McNab to Grove; East State from Easterly to Kingsboro; Newman Street from Kingsboro to Lawrence; Northern Terrace from North Main to its end and Glenwood Ave from East 10th to East Ninth.

The total estimated cost for the work is $321,905; however, if the bids come in lower, Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones said, another street could be added to the plans.

“That is how much we estimate it’s going to cost, but once the contractors actually bid and we have actual bid prices, we’ll see how good we guessed,” Jones said. “If they come in and the bid prices are more than I expect them to be, we will reduce the scope of work a bit, and if they come in less and there is money left over we can increase the amount of work we do.”

He said the original list was much larger and was based on an evaluation of the streets, public complaints and requests from the public or council members. He said the original list evaluated about $600,000 worth of work, which was then trimmed down by city officials to what it could afford.

“I tried to spend a reasonable amount of money in each of the six wards as well,” Jones said.

Jones said the city has received $360,000 in CHiPS funding this year, with $33,000 of that going toward the cost of a street sweeper.

In other city business this week:

  • ?City Attorney Anthony Casale told the council the Blight Committee is proposing a more permanent option to a nine-month moratorium set to expire June 26.

He suggested the city could modify the Zoning Law to cap new multiple-family dwellings to a maximum of four units, which would eliminate the need for a time-limited moratorium. The council voted to conduct a public hearing on the proposed change.

The current moratorium prohibits new multiple-family dwellings in residential districts, but the city still can allow new apartments on the second or third floors of businesses in the downtown area.

Mayor King previously said city residents have told him they don’t want more projects like the Kinderhook affordable-housing project now under way in the north end of the city.

Casale also said any change would have to be reviewed by the county and city planning boards.

  • ?Gloversville Business Improvement District President Karen Smith spoke to the council Tuesday about a safety campaign to make people aware they need to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk on Main Street. She thanked DPW for painting lines and said the Police Department will ticket drivers who don’t stop.

“We are doing our best to prevent there being a serious accident,” Smith said.

Police Chief Donald VanDeusen said the department is aware of the issue and prepared to start enforcing it to keep pedestrians safe.

Smith said the next campaign will be an anti-littering campaign.

  • ?City resident Richard Sleezer also advised the council about his concerns about child and bike safety. He said police should ticket parents who don’t make their children wear helmets, but VanDeusen advised him that can’t be done unless the police can prove the parents are aware and choose to do nothing about it.

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