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August 21, 2012

City moves forward on Streetscape

Woodward, Okla. —

In addition to addressing issues surrounding the West Woodward Airport and Kid's Inc., Woodward City Commissioners also took action on the downtown Streetscape project during their regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 20.

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Assistant City Manager Doug Haines told the commissioners he was "happy to report that we have received approval, after many years finally we've gotten approval from ODOT (Oklahoma Department of Transportation)" to proceed with the renovation of downtown Main Street through the Streetscape project.

However, Haines said that one of the requirements from ODOT is that the city have a resident engineer supervising the project and serving as a liaison between the city and the project architect and contractor.

Because of this, he said the city advertised a request for proposals from engineering firms, but only received one response, from Cardinal Engineering.

A committee of city staff members then met with Cardinal representatives to conduct a review of the engineering firm and make sure Cardinal had enough experience to oversee the project, Haines said.  

Based on the recommendation from that committee, he said the city entered into negotiations with Cardinal Engineering on the project fee, which after some "back and forth" was agreed on at a fixed fee of $75,000 for the 180 calendar days alloted for the contract.  If the project exceeds those 180 days, the contract states Cardinal will charge the city an hourly rate of $75 for the resident engineer/inspector's services for each additional day of inspection.

Haines noted that this fee was not only agreed upon by both the city and Cardinal Engineering, but "also had to be approved by ODOT."

After Haines finished explaining how Cardinal came to be recommended, the city commissioners approved hiring the firm to provide a resident engineer for the streetscape project.

According to the scope of services approved with the contract, the resident engineer from Cardinal will perform several duties throughout the Streetscape project.  These duties include to be on-site observing the construction of the project, to provide daily inspection reports, to attend project meetings, and to advise the architect regarding acceptability of work quality, progress of work and interpretation of plans.

Later in his report to the commission, City Manager Alan Riffel announced another milestone in the Streetscape project as he reported "that the Streetscape project is to the point were it can soon go out for bids."

Riffel said a construction schedule for the Main Street improvement project will be determined once those bids have been received.

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