Cove applies for grant for street repair

By By Mike Shearer Observer Correspondent July 09, 2012 06:26 pm

COVE — Cove City Council last week voted to apply for a $30,000 grant for the repair of Haefer Lane.

The grant is part of a Special City Allotment from the Oregon Department of Transportation for 2013 and would provide, if approved, funding of up to $50,000 for a street “in very poor condition and carrying a high volume of traffic.”

Councilors decided to go with Cove Public Works Director Mike Brown’s recommendation of Haefer over other possible needed projects because Brown said the “edges of Haefer are deteriorating.”

The grant is available to cities with a population under 5,000 and would make funds available after Jan. 1, 2013.

In other business at the July meeting, the council heard Brown’s recommendation that the city consider switching to the more efficient and accurate water meter readers in the future. He said the “touch read” meters are more expensive but come with a 20-year warranty, and even though they are more expensive, they would cut the time it takes to read meters.

He said he would get the council “hard figures” before the budget talks begin next year.

Also at the meeting, Brad Baird of Anderson Perry recommended the city might want to advertise for bids for work on the sewage lagoon expansion project even before receiving final approval of its loan application from Rural Development because the process of getting the loan approved is taking slightly longer than anticipated.

Remains confident

Although Baird told the council he remains confident the loan will be approved, the chances the construction can now be completed before winter sets in are getting slim. He said that at the August council meeting everything should be ready for the city to finalize engineering and funding agreements and seek bids, but the bidding process will take three weeks.

He now projects the earliest possible start will be in September. “If we get a good fall,” Baird said, “we could get the earth work done before winter shut down.”

He said the later start than predicted earlier would in no way affect the Rural Development loan, but he added, “Probably we will have to shut down for winter and complete in spring, April or when it’s better.”

The city’s sewage lagoon expansion was necessitated by a Department of Environmental Quality citation because of oversaturation of the current lagoon. The project will add a second lagoon and connect the two lagoons by a pipeline.

In other business, Councilor Regina Kruse suggested the council draft a policy to assure prior notification for any right-of-way spraying adjacent to private property. Her recommendation follows a meeting she had with a resident who had filed a complaint.

Kruse said she would draft a policy of notification “that treats all residents fairly” for the council to act upon.