City Commission

Ashland board of city commissioners, city manager Michael Graese and Mayor Steve Gilmore conduct their meeting Thursday. KEVIN GOLDY | THE DAILY INDEPENDENT

ASHLAND The Ashland Board of City Commissioners decided to extend the curbside recycling deadline for another 30 days.

The original deadline was Oct. 12.

Mayor Steve Gilmore and city commissioners approved a bid from Rumpke of Kentucky, Inc. in July to conduct a survey to determine the demand for curbside recycling in the area. The survey went out to city residents in their water bill. The results of the survey will determine the interest for the voluntary curbside recycling program. They must have 850 households willing to participate to make the program work.

Currently there are 282 residents signed up for the program.

The commission also held the second reading for a pipeline replacement project. The city is hoping to complete the lines listed by the end of the FY20 fiscal year. The pipelines included in that project are:

— U.S. 23 39th St. to 45th St. — 2,848 of 24-inch pipe costs $310,516.

— Sharon Road — 455 feet of 8-inch pipe costs $23,385.

— Craft Street — 204 feet of 8-inch pipe costs $11,588.

— Avenue — 613 feet of 6-inch pipe costs $42,089.

— Iroquois Avenue — 305 feet of 6-inch pipe costs $16,030.

— 8th Street from Greenup Ave. to Winchester Ave. — 297 feet of 15-inch pipe costs $20,177.

— Pollard Road — 633 feet of 18-inch pipe costs $52,442.

“We have 100-plus-year-old lines,” Gilmore said. “We are hitting the areas that have the biggest problems, and we will keep moving on.”

He said the city has a running list of pipelines that will be fixed. They plan to continue working on the pipelines and are going in order of highest priority.

The commission approved the following items from the consent agenda:

— The approval of a $78,024.51 payment to Southern Ohio Trenching & Excavating, Inc. for the waterline replacement project performed on U.S. 23 from 43rd Street to 11th Street.

— The approval of a $11,786.75 payment to Strand Associates, Inc. for the engineering services associated with the City of Ashland Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion and Improvements Project.

— The approval of a $5,978 payment to Taylor Siefker Williams Design, LLC for the review and update of the city’s comprehensive plan. The total budget of $32,980 is split equally between CDBG and the general fund. This invoice will be paid 50% out of each fund, leaving a contract balance of $23,452.

— The approval of a payment of $137,076.55 to Bluegrass Recreation Sales and Installations for the replacement of the existing “Tot Lot” play equipment at Central Park.

— The approval of a $69,001.80 payment to WB Hospitality for hotel improvements.

— The approval of the award the bid for the purchase of one new Chevrolet Silverado 5500 4x4 dump truck in the amount of $65,348 and approving payment upon acceptance of the vehicle, Division of Wastewater Collection, Department of Utilities.

— Award the bid for the purchase of gravel, stone and sand to Olive Hill Trucking, Inc., Departments of Public Services and Utility Operations.

— Award the bid for the purchase of a Vac300G Hydro-Vac Trailer System in the amount of $61,000 to Lewis Municipal Sales and approving payment on acceptance of the equipment, Division of Water Distribution, Department of Utility Operations.

— The approval of probationary appointment of Evidence Clerk, Grade 108, Ashland Police Department, contingent upon satisfactory completion of a physical.

— The approval of probationary appointment of GIS Technician, Grade 108, Department of Engineering, contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a physical.

Future Board of Commissioners meetings will return to their former schedule for the remainder of October. They will meet at 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month. They will meet once at noon on the second Thursday in both November and December.

The next meeting is set for Oct. 24.

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