Council approves contracts for engineering work on street projects

BURTON — The city council approved contracts Oct. 19 with Livonia-based Orchard, Hiltz & McCliment, Inc. for engineering work on two road projects coming up in 2021.

The first contract was for the rehabilitation of Maple Avenue, from Sandalwood to Saginaw Street, for an estimated cost of $49,785.05. The second was for Maple Avenue, from Fenton Road to Sandalwood Street, at an estimated cost of $80,371.67.

Both projects call for the rehabilitation of 0.46 miles of road and 0.80 miles that will include cold milling and resurfacing, joint repairs, pavements repairs, storm sewer upgrades, curb and gutter repairs, pavement marking, and signage upgrades and the existing Americans with Disabilities Act ramps will be upgraded to meet current standards.

The projects will be done through the Michigan Department of Transportation using Surface Transportation Program Funds administered by the United States Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration.

City Councilman Danny Well asked why the city was not using a local company for the engineering on this project, to which Department of Public Works Director Charles Abbey said the city is spreading the work around to various companies.

“(Orchard, Hiltz & McCliment, Inc.) have offices all over. Last year we approved five engineering firms and spread the work out amongst the five,” said Abbey. “We also have professional contracts with ROWE (Professional Services) and Wade Trim. We’re utilizing all the ones that are prequalified to do this kind of work.”

“I’d like to take care of our people here,” said Wells. “But if that’s what you did, then that’s what you did.”

The council voted unanimously to hire Orchard, Hiltz & McCliment, Inc. for both projects. — G.G.