Council approves city park bathrooms, moves forward with sewer main project

City Attorney Tim Butler speaks with Councilmen Bill Sheckles and Roland Williams at Tuesday’s council meeting.


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Tuesday, April 3, 2018 –– The Bardstown City Council awarded BCD Construction the bid to build a set of handicap-accessible bathrooms at the city’s Community Park located at the end of Halstead Avenue.

Three firms submitted bids, but BCD’s bid of $61,400 was lowest and met the bid specifications.

Daniel Jeffries, director of parks and recreation, told the council that he would like to see work begin as soon as possible so the park patrons would have the bathrooms available for use this season.

MOCKINGBIRD LANE SEWER MAIN EXTENSION. The council voted to accept the $357,632.80 low bid on a project to upgrade the sewer line that travels under North Second Street, past Mockingbird Lane and north under the R.J. Corman Railroad tracks.

City Engineer Jessica Filiatreau explained the benefits of upgrading the designs for city streets given recent failures of some Bardstown streets subjected to routine and heavy truck traffic.

The council voted to accept a recommendation to award the bid to Trademark Excavating of Bardstown.

The extension will involved installing approximately 1,775 feet of eight-inch sewer line on North Second, and boring under the railroad tracks to install the line.

PAVEMENT DESIGN STANDARDS. The city council approved a municipal order that brings the city’s pavement design standards up to the same level as the state’s road standards.

City Engineer Jessica Filiatreau explained that the city’s old design standards have never taken into consideration the amount of wear and tear city streets undergo.

In years past, most of the heavy trucking traveled state highways, but as the city has grown, more heavy truck traffic is directed onto city streets — streets designed to handle typical residential traffic, not a steady stream of semi tractor-trailers.

In some instances, the state guidelines may be “overkill” for some roads, like cul-de-sacs, but those could be decided on a case-by-case basis and when engineering could support such a move.

In other business, the city council:

— approved the E-911 budget as submitted after Director Milt Spalding and board secretary Joe Prewitt answers questions about the board finances. The 2019-20 budget includes raises of 30 cents per hour for dispatch employees.

— heard Mayor Dick Heaton report that work is under way to finalize the purchase of the three properties the council approved the purchase of last week.

NEXT UP. The council will next meet at 7 p.m. April 10, 2018, in the council meeting room in the Council Annex next to the Rec. Center on Xavier Drive.


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