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Potholes and related issues set for repairs with city money

Jul 17, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge, Staff Writer

Riverton sidewalks, curbs and gutters in disrepair are to be fixed by ERI Engineering after the City of Riverton awarded the company a bid for concrete repairs.

Council members have allotted $25,000 for concrete replacement from the city budget.

Public services director Bill Urbigkit said the city advertised for bids June 1 and found Eric Inberg's bid with ERI Engineering to be the best for the city.

"ERI Engineering offered the best price for concrete development," Urbigkit said. "We already have them lined up for some of the projects, and we are pleased with prices. We think they are very reasonable concrete prices."

According to Riverton city code, the city can order the construction, reconstruction or repair of sidewalks, driveways, curbs and gutters when the public safety, convenience and general welfare are served.

"In the past, if a resident comes to the city and needs repairs to their sidewalk, gutter or curb, the city will pay for the repair of that curb or gutter," Urbigkit said.

Councilman Richard Gard asked how the city was going to work to establish a list of priorities.

Urbigkit said if someone called and said they needed their sidewalk fixed, the city would look at the problem.

"The city will also look at areas that are really dangerous," Urbigkit said. "I saw someone the other day trying to push a resident in a wheelchair and was afraid they were going to tip over into traffic. We have a lot of interest in fixing those trip hazards and bad sections of the sidewalk."

Mayor Ron Warpness said it was troubling to him that the clout of the city was being used to drive the bid price down.

"We are then going to open that lowest price up to the public when you have other contractors who are out there trying to make a living," Warpness said.

Gard said that in almost every case since he has been on the council,the curb or gutter is always the city's problem.

"I see raised concrete all up and down Federal Boulevard and Main Street," Gard said. "I think it is important we get these areas fixed. We are talking about the face of Riverton, but we really need to address these problems and get them taken care of."

Urbigkit said fixing the troubled areas throughout town was not something that could be put off for two or three more years.

"A lot of these areas are getting dangerous," Urbigkit said.

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