Coon Rapids council awards four contracts for consortium

Contracts for seal coating, pavement markings, street sweeping and crack sealing work have been approved by the Coon Rapids City Council.

The projects are bid through a regional consortium, the North Metro Regional Street Maintenance Materials Group, which was put in place by the city of Coon Rapids some years ago to jointly purchase street maintenance materials and services – and save money at the same time through economies of scale.

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 approved plans and specifications for the project and ordered the advertisement for bids.

All the other cities have signed off on the contract awards, but each city has 60 days to decide whether they want to proceed with the projects in their community, according to the consortium joint powers agreement.

Three bids were received for sealcoating, two for pavement markings, two for street sweeping and three for crack sealing.

The sealcoating contract was awarded to Pearson Bros Inc. in the amount of $1,567,356.43 to include regular asphalt emulsion sealcoat oil, the price for which has increased 13 percent over 2012, and trap rock cover aggregate.

According to Public Works Director Tim Himmer, the city will again be using a polymer additive to sealcoat oil and different cover aggregate in high traffic areas, including cul-de-sacs and higher volume collector streets.

“Previous experience has shown this type of application has minimized scuffing and bleeding of sealcoat material,” Himmer wrote in his report to the council.

The pavement markings contract went to AAA Striping Service in the amount of $172,537.60, an 8 percent increase over last year.

The street sweeping contract, which also went to Pearson Bros., is comparable to prior years and totaled $66,527.60 – $31,422.60 for spring sweeping and $35,105 for fall sweeping.

Crack sealing work, which was bid on a lineal foot basis, received a low bid of $91,992.60 from American Pavement Solutions.

The unit price is about 10 percent higher than last year.

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

Pavement markings and street sweeping may continue later into the year 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.”

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]