Street paving

Shelby’s street paving program is to start this coming summer. This photo shows crews at work during the 2020 work.

SHELBY — Though snow plowing and salting roads remains a top priority for the city of Shelby, plans are continuing to take shape for the upcoming road paving season.

“Engineering is compiling and reviewing the final material list for the street paving bid specifications,” John Ensman, Shelby’s director of municipal utilities and deputy public service director said in remarks to City Council’s Utilities and Streets Committee at its most recent meeting. 

The bid legislation was pushed back by one council meeting, he said in a written report and remarks to the committee on Feb. 11.

“We were hoping for the Feb. 16th meeting to present the paving project, but the bid preparation will need a couple more weeks to complete,” Ensman said. “The legislation is on track for the March 1st Council meeting.”

Speaking of advertising the paving bid as early as possible, he raised the idea of presenting the street paving legislation through emergency legislation. 

“Emergency legislation would allow the paving project to be advertised during the first couple of weeks in March and then have the bid opening in mid-to-late March,” Ensman said. 

“Without the emergency, the legislation would need to sit for 30 days and then proceed with the advertisement in early April and have the bid opening in mid-to late-April,” he added. “An earlier bid could bring a better price for the project, which could free up some money for additional paving projects and possibly (road) salt."

Ensman was asked by the Daily Globe to explain what emergency legislation means.

“Presenting legislation as an emergency status eliminates the 30 day sit period that is standard with legislation,” he said via email. “A non-emergency piece of legislation will sit for 30 days before it becomes law. The wait period allows the bill to be reviewed. So presenting the legislation as an emergency would remove the 30 day review period.”

“Passing the legislation as an emergency will allow the street paving bid to be advertised without waiting for the 30 day wait period,” Ensman added.

In December 2020, Ensman unveiled the city's 2021 list of planned street paving program projects throughout Shelby.

See shelbydailyglobe.com for more details on the street paving program and recent coverage.

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