If you are one of the Summerville residents or businesses that have been upset with the condition of Economy Street – your wait is not over. Even though the bid to repave the street was awarded at last night’s Summerville City Council meeting the paving won’t be done for at least another month – maybe longer.
The Summerville City Council voted to award the bid for repaving to Northwest Georgia Pavers in Calhoun. The company submitted the low bid of $36,030. Another company, Blunt Contruction, had submitted a bid of over $40,000 for the paving.
Economy Street was torn apart last fall to replace sewer lines and the first round of bids for repaving were rejected after problems with the specifications. Last night Summerville City Manager Russell Thompson admitted the first time the bids were advertised, " The city didn’t do as good a job as we should have on the bidding process." After some controversy the city used recommendations by Ladd Environmental of Ft. Payne for the bid specifications.
Now the City of Summerville wants to install new water lines on the street which will delay the paving process even more. Mayor Harry Harvey asked public works director Tony Carroll for a time line on the work being done and he replied "one to two months." Summerville City Manager Russell Thompson quickly interjected "three to four weeks."