Board allows engineering firm to proceed with CDBG project
The county will be holding a CDBG hearing on February 25th at the Mahoning Township supervisors meeting to discuss their annual entitlement project allocation, and supervisor Bruce Steigerwalt expressed some concerns with a letter the township engineer Tim Edinger sent outlining the engineering requirements for the projects. The board though approved 5-0 a motion to allow Edinger's firm to go ahead with some of the items he outlined in a memo at a cost not to exceed $3,000. This included pre-construction responsibilities, mix review and design signoff and other items.
Steigerwalt asked the board, "Do we have enough money to cover all of the engineer's costs of everything else this project is going to run?" He was referring to an e-mail in which Edinger outlined several items that he believed required his engineering firm to perform when running a CDBG paving project. Steigerwalt said the list included traffic control, neighborhood notifications, inspection, materials slip collection, pre-construction review and a review on the mix design among other things.
While Steigerwalt agreed some of the items were warranted, he questioned if the full list would be covered by the project's $3,000 engineering cost allocation. He also questioned whether the township had to pay a premium for Edinger to perform some activities that an employee or supervisor of the township or even the contractor could do. Steigerwalt said the engineer even mentions in his note that the engineering costs could exceed the $3,000 allotment.
Steigerwalt said the contractor should be notifying the neighborhood where they will be paving. He also pointed out the contractor is usually the party that handles traffic control at paving projects and not the engineer. He pointed out that the road crew would want to be doing their own work so the contractor would have to pick up the duty.
He also questioned whether the engineer needed a representative present for the duration of the whole project. Chairperson John Wieczorek pointed out that not just anyone could be inspecting a project. "I think whoever does the inspection should know what they are doing." He told Steigerwalt that he felt the supervisors owe the engineer some direction as to what he should actually do.
Steigerwalt felt the engineer should be at any pre-construction meetings and should review and sign off on the specifications. He also should be familiar with the mix review and make sure what is delivered matches what the design details.
While he was critical about some of the duties Edinger wanted to manage, he did agree that ultimately the project needed slip collection, inspection, preconstruction representation for the board, design review and sign off and a sign off on the mix review and design.
After expressing his concerns, Steigerwalt agreed unanimously with the rest of the board to allow Edinger's firm to manage this year's CDBG paving project at a cost not to exceed $3,000.
In other business, the board announced they were still seeking a Mahoning Township resident interested in filling a vacancy on the Zoning and Hearing Board. Interested residents should apply by letter to the township office.