Mission approves street maintenance contracts for remainder of year


By Sophie Tulp

The city of Mission is moving forward with two community development programs involving street and sidewalk maintenance in 2015, a matter that council members agree is one of the most important services to Mission residents.

At the council meeting on Wednesday night, counselor Pat Quinn presented the council with potential contractors for two maintenance projects, The 2015 chip seal Program and the 2015 mill and overlay project. Both of the contractors selected were carried unanimously by the council.

The chip seal program focuses on preserving Mission streets that are already in good condition, by sealing the surface to lengthen their lifespan.Two bids were received for which company would carry out the program, and the council accepted Harbour Construction as the contractor. The project is estimated to cost $87,493.37, seal 5.7 lane miles of street and be completed within 60 days of signing the agreement.

Unlike the chip seal Program, the mill and overlay program aims to repair streets with damaged surface asphalt falling into complete disrepair.

The contract, approved for Little Joe’s Asphalt out of three other bidders, will “mill and overlay” one lane mile of road and replace approximately 2000 feet of curb and 3500 feet of sidewalk, costing no more than $171,961.47.

“We want to maintain our street program, we want to invest in our community,” councilor Dave Shepard said at the budget workshop on July 8, when discussing the street maintenance programs Mission offers.