The Cole County Commission has approved two stormwater improvement projects.
At their regular meeting Tuesday, commissioners approved a contract with Mera Excavating to do stormwater improvements on Charm Villa Drive for $80,900. County Engineer Eric Landwehr said the project would repair three pipes and two inlets.
Commissioners also approved Mera Excavating to do stormwater improvements on Scherr Drive in the Westview Heights area for $109,535. Landwehr said the pipe there has failed and collapsed. It is a small-scope stormwater pipe and inlet replacement near the intersection of Amanda Drive.
Landwehr said the contractor believed he could start by the end of the month. The contracts call for work on both projects to be done by Nov. 17.
After the recent delays in finishing the Parkview Meadows Neighborhood Improvement District in the St. Martins area, commissioners wanted to make sure this contractor would be able to complete the job on time. The work on that project was supposed to be done in December by Kaufman Enterprises, but another contractor had to be brought in when the original company couldn't finish the job.
Landwehr said the county does not anticipate problems getting both stormwater projects done by the completion date, noting they're 2 miles apart, which should allow for equipment to be moved back and forth easily. Inspectors will be at both work sites to make sure the projects are moving along as they should, he said.
The push to complete these projects comes after the commission heard from several residents about stormwater problems they had dealt with, since heavy rains hit last year and earlier this year.
The money to pay for the work comes from the county's half-cent capital improvements sales tax.