That was the good news the Metropolis City Council heard Monday night.
Not so good is the cosmetic work above ground that still has be be done.
In a 7-1 vote, the council approved pay application number 7 in the amount of $98,486 to Amrent Contracting Inc. which has been working on the project for eight months.
“This is for substantial completion,” Alderman Charles Barfield stated after making the motion for the payment. “The main part of the contract has been completed. The only thing left is cosmetic for $16,000.”
Alderman Richard Corzine voted against the motion, stating before the vote: “I feel for the people up and down Metropolis Street and everybody that has to travel across these roads. One that I’m particularly upset about is (the) Seventh and Metropolis (intersection) — it’s rougher than a pine cob. We’re tired of this and our people deserve better than this. In order to send a message to the contractor to get down here and get it finished, I’m going to vote against this and encourage others to as well.”
Alderman Bill Carrell said that while he agreed with Corzine’s opinion, “I know the work’s gotta be done, they’ve gotta be paid. But if they don’t make some improvement, we need to put some stop orders on some of the work that’s pending.”
The project encompasses Girard Street from Second to Eighth streets, Second Street from Girard to Metropolis streets and Metropolis Street from Second to Ninth streets. The work — which entailed installation of storm sewer and connection of new street inlets to the storm sewer; disconnecting all surface drainage structures from existing combination sewer mains; and repairing the streets, curb, gutter, sidewalks, etc. — began in late May 2013 and was scheduled to conclude in November 2013. But unforeseen circumstances — including the delicacy of the original structure and crews not knowing where to dig due to the helter skelter of the original system — delayed the project’s end. Under the contract, Amrent has 300 working days from the start to finish of the project.
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