SEMINOLE — City councilors approved funding for design and engineering services for Johnson Boulevard at their April 9 meeting.
The roadway will be redesigned to ensure that it can handle heavy vehicle traffic.
“The road was not initially designed and constructed to be a collector [road] or to accommodate the bus traffic it does now,” said City Manager Ann Toney-Deal. “That is part of why it is so important to do the design and engineering.”
The city set aside $50,000 in traffic impact fee funds for the reconstruction project through the 2018-19 capital improvement plan. Councilors approved Advanced Engineering’s proposed cost of approximately $42,000 for the project. Advanced Engineering previously engineered the reconstruction of Liberty Lane and 80th Avenue.
At the same meeting, councilors also approved the use of CIP funds for the restoration of the roof at Seminole City Hall.
During the 2004 conversion of the former library into City Hall, the roof was replaced with a modified bitumen roof. The roof isn’t in good shape, these days, and leaks during periods of heavy rain, said Toney-Deal. She told council that Erica Ottman, the city’s director of human resources, even puts out a can under leaks in her office when it rains.
“It has become very apparent that we need to do something,” Toney-Deal said, adding, “It is time to get the roof fixed.”
Councilors approved a roof restoration. The project will cost the city, which will piggyback on a contract for Cobb County, Georgia, around $133,000 through an agreement with Garland Company, Inc. Garland bids the work out to local contractors, said Rodney Due, director of public works. The project will actually be done by Tarheel Corp. based in St. Petersburg.
The restored roof comes with a 10-year leak-free warranty. The company will inspect the roof annually and make any necessary repairs.