Street projects consortium is money saver for nine cities

A regional consortium spearheaded by the Coon Rapids City Council to save money through economies of scale on street maintenance materials and services continues in 2013.

The North Metro Regional Street Maintenance Materials Group was put in place by the city of Coon Rapids some years ago to jointly purchasing street maintenance materials and services.

There are nine cities in the consortium this year – Andover, Anoka, Brooklyn Center, Columbia Heights, Coon Rapids, East Bethel, Fridley, Ham Lake and Mahtomedi.

As the lead agency, the Coon Rapids City Council Feb. 5 approved plans and specifications for the project and ordered the advertisement for bids.

The services include sealcoating, pavement markings, street sweeping and crack sealing.

“We have solicited comments from the other cities regarding what the specifications are and have received their comments,” said Public Works Director Tim Himmer.

The council will consider awarding contracts at its Tuesday, April 2 after the other cities have had the opportunity to review and sign on the bids.

Once the council awards the contracts, the other cities have 60 days to decide if they wish to go ahead with the work in their communities or not, according to Himmer.

Work will begin in early June with a completion date for the projects in all cities on or about Sept. 6 for sealcoating and crack sealing, Himmer wrote in a memo to the council.

Pavement markings and street sweeping will continue beyond Sept. 6 and possibly into the spring of 2014, he wrote.

“The program has saved the city considerable amounts of money in the purchasing of street maintenance materials and services,” Himmer wrote.

“We will continue to provide these services in this manner.”

Councilmember Bruce Sanders praised staff for putting together the consortium and being the lead agency for the program.

“We have been able to reduce costs,” Sanders said.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]