During its most recent meeting, the City of East Grand Rapids City Commission approved a contract that will improve sidewalks throughout the community.
The contract, with Groundhawg Excavating and Landscaping, LLC, will provide $150,000 to improve sidewalks for the City sidewalk rehabilitation and replacement program. The contract will be re-bid annually for the duration of the 10-year streets and sidewalks millage. Each year, a section of the City will be evaluated and sidewalks with a trip hazard of less than one-and-a-half inch will be ground and smoothed. Anything above one-and-a-half inches will be replaced with new sidewalk.
“Implementing this method to update City sidewalks is extremely comprehensive,” said Doug LaFave, assistant city manager. “No matter how large or small the gap is, we’re going to fix it so, when we’re done with an area, we shouldn’t have to return for a long time.
“We’ll have a greater impact and spend significantly less than we typically would during single-section sidewalk replacements.”
Each year, the City will target specific geographical areas. This year’s target area will begin on Oakwood and work south between Breton from the west and near Woodlawn from the east, which was last addressed in 2002. Progress will be determined on how far the contractor is able to go within the budget.
Funds for this program will come from the street and sidewalk millage passed by voters in 2015.