Groton — The Town Council will send a $10.9 million, road repaving project to a referendum this fall. The five-year bond package would fund projects in the town, Groton Long Point and the City of Groton.
The council, working as the Committee of the Whole, reached a consensus Tuesday night to go forward with the second of four funding options presented by Public Works Director Gary Schneider for repaving many of the town’s 130 miles of roads. The choices included $7.3 million, $12.7 million and $17.6 million plans that varied in scope and quality of materials.
Town Manager Mark Oefinger will meet with the town’s bond attorney and draft an ordinance for next week’s council meeting.
Under discussion is a 10-year plan with the bonding to cover five years of work. That means the spending would have to be repeated in the following five years to complete the project, Schneider said.
Schneider has a tentative list of roads in the town, the current condition of each, and a recommendation as to which to pave in what order. The public works department would perform the work, Schneider said.
The list does not include roads in the city or in Groton Long Point. Although the town is responsible for funding the construction, repair and maintenance costs of roadways, it doesn’t do the work or decide how the work gets done. The two boroughs intend to contract for their projects.
In the preferred plan, the city would receive $3.5 million and Groton Long Point, nearly $1 million.
All of the figures are based on a study of the town’s road surfacing needs called the MACTEC report, for the engineering company that performed the analysis. MACTEC has since become AMEC.
The figures used to determine the costs came from data provided in 2008 for the city and Groton Long Point and 2006 for the town. They were adjusted by 32 percent for today’s costs, and 20 percent for incidental, which includes striping, curbing, catch basins, loam and seeding, and six percent for engineering fees in the two boroughs. The town would not require engineering expenses, Schneider said, because it would not have to develop bid specifications packages for potential contractors.
The four funding choices were about how much to spend and what quality, or Paving Condition Index, is most desirable. The group agreed that it would like to see the roads at a better than 70 PCI, which Schneider said is a good quality road.