by Peter Bodley
A regional consortium spearheaded by the Coon Rapids City Council for street maintenance materials and services will continue this year.
The North Metro Regional Street Maintenance Materials Group was put in place by the city of Coon Rapids some years ago to save money by jointly purchasing street maintenance materials and services.
There are now 10 cities in the consortium – Andover, Anoka, Brooklyn Center, Circle Pines, Columbia Heights, Coon Rapids, East Bethel, Fridley, Ham Lake and Mahtomedi.
As the lead agency, the Coon Rapids City Council has approved plans and specifications for the project and ordered the advertisement for bids.
The services include sealcoating, traffic markings, street sweeping and crack sealing.
The other cities were given the opportunity to comment on the plans and specifications prior to them going to the Coon Rapids council for action.
The cities of Andover and Anoka have opted out of the seal coating contract this year, according to Steve Gatlin, city public services director.
The council will consider the contract awards at its April 3 meeting after the other cities in the consortium have had 60 days to decide whether they want to proceed or not, Gatlin said.
“The work will begin in early June,” he said.
“We anticipate a completion date for work in all cities on or about Sept. 7 for sealcoating and crack sealing.
“Pavement markings and street sweeping will continue beyond Sept. 7 and possibly into the spring of 2013.”
The program has saved the city considerable amounts of more in the purchasing of street maintenance materials and services, according to Gatlin.
“Coon Rapids initiated the program some years ago and we now have 10 cities involved,” said Mayor Tim Howe.
“We encourage other cities to join us to increase purchasing power and save considerable dollars.”
“We hear that the other cities in the program are happy with the results that keep costs down.”
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