Bolton & Menk Inc. to evaluate Motley pavements

By Tina Snell, Staff Writer

The Motley City Council voted Tuesday night to implement professional engineering services with Bolton & Menk consultants on the city’s pavement management.

“Pavement management planning is really an asset management tool that is used in conjunction with other capital improvement planning the city may be doing for other services and departments …,” said Bolton & Menk in a letter to the city. “The pavement management plan allows the city to better understand where and what the pavement issues are, the costs associated with addressing these issues and how these issues could be addressed on a budgetary basis going forward. Pavement management planning will provide the city an opportunity to better understand street improvements from a preservation-based approach and the value it brings to street life-cycle costs.”

Bolton & Menk proposed it would obtain historical information regarding Motley’s streets and centerline data from Morrison County. The company would do both a field inventory of city streets and train city staff on doing surface condition analysis.

A five-year plan would also be implemented, along with cost estimates on different street segments earmarked for reconstruction and maintenance.

A working spreadsheet would be developed so city staff will be able to update  and determine what areas need to be worked on each year.

“This is a one-time thing for now,” said maintenance supervisor Bruce Brotherton. “We will update documents so Motley will get the best bang for its buck.”

“It’s a good idea to know what our priorities are and have a plan,” said Councilman Pat O’Regan.

The cost for data collection would not exceed $2,030. The cost for analysis of the data would not exceed $2,740. If a pavement management planning was required, Bolton & Menk would charge no more than $3,980.

Motley City Council briefs

Other business conducted by the Motley City Council Tuesday night included:

•Voting to make the first payment of $76,959.50 to Di-Mar Construction for water treatment plant work;

•Allowing maintenance supervisor Bruce Brotherton to purchase a 1997 Ford L800, 8.3 liter diesel plow truck with 37,000 miles on it for $32,900;

•Voting to rent three dumpsters at $570 each from Waste Management for approximately two days. Sentence to Serve will be helping the city clean up abandoned property and Brotherton said it would take at least three dumpsters, if not more, to hold all that was left behind;

•Accepting Ideal Construction’s low bid of $42,008 for work on Eldredge Street. Because a portion of its bid was higher than PHB Excavating for installing a storm sewer catch basin, the two companies would work together;

•Voting to rewrite bonds at a lower rate (2.201 percent) with Northland Securities, thus saving approximately $30,000 over the 7.5 years left on the bonds;

•Authorizing Clerk/Treasurer Terri Smith to obtain $20,000 life insurance policies for the three full-time employees: Police Chief Brian Madison, Brotherton and herself;

• Telling resident Bob Jenkins it would consider any written proposal concerning the transportation needs of the city; and

•Issuing Y Knot Liquors its annual liquor license and the Motley Fair a temporary 3.2 liquor license for June 20-22.

The next City Council meeting will be held at the Motley City Hall Tuesday, July 8, beginning at 6 p.m.