Council advances a number of city renovation projects at Feb. 4 meeting

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By Crystal Nelson

BRIGHTON — Brighton City Council moved ahead on a number of improvement projects for city facilities and infrastructure at the Feb. 4 meeting.

In three separate, unanimous motions, council awarded bids for the second phase of window renovations at Historic City Hall, the second phase of replacing the recreation center’s pool boilers and  for the handicap ramp replacement program. 

A contract in the amount of $92,000 was awarded to H.W. Houston Construction Co.  for the second phase of renovation/replacement of exterior windows for the south and east sides of Historic City Hall. 

Procurement Manager Sharon Williams said formal proposals were received in 2013 and included estimates for both phases so the work on the windows would be consistent during both project phases. The first phase of the project, completed in 2013, focused on the renovation/replacement of windows on the north and west sides of the building.

A contract in the amount of $55,155 was awarded to Building Technology Systems for the second phase of replacing the pool boilers at the Recreation Center. Williams said Building Technology Systems did a great job on the first phase of the boiler repairs.

“The only difference with this one was that Phase 1 the leisure pool was the pool that was completed, and Phase 2 is the lap pool boiler,” she said, adding that the boiler has experienced repair issues for many years, which has used excess energy in trying to maintain proper water temperatures.

The Streets and Fleets Department will continue with upgrades to make ramps around the city compliant with the American Disabilities Act. Council awarded a $71,360 contract to Silva Construction, Inc., for the replacement of ramps to sidewalks. 

Streets and Fleet Director Joe Smith said the city has been making annual upgrades to ramps around the city with funding from Community Development Block Grants 

“This year we’re looking at going on Third and Second avenues basically to do a whole area of town. Those are very old ramps – some of them are way too steep, some of them are misaligned – so its a good place for us to work,” he said. “We’re also using this funding to do some ramps at Bridge and Main Street.” 

Smith said they have used CDBG funds for ramp replacement projects over the last two years and that they could probably keep making the upgrades to ADA compliant ramps for quite a few years to come.


In other business: 

— Council unanimously approved amendments of words, terms and phrases in the Flood Plain Control District  section of the city’s code. The updates were needed to comply with the state requirements and to allow the city to remain eligible for FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program. 

— Three board and commission appointments were also approved by council. Jeff Bernard was appointed as a member of the Brighton Board of Appeals to fill a new term to Sept. 2016, Archie Demarest was appointed as a member of the Brighton Planning Commission to fill an unexpired Ward 4 term to Jan. 2017, and Philip Covarrubias was appointed as an alternate member of the Brighton Planning Commission.