MIAMI – A report was presented with the latest update on Miami City Streets maintenance program to Miami’s City Council last week by Public works Director Alicia Hogan and Street Department Manager Mike Edwards.

Miami City Manager Dean Kruithof told the council the update was made to allow discussion of the upcoming streets maintenance work based on an analysis completed by Shawn McConaughey with Olsson Associates.

“We wanted to be able to discuss if there are any modifications or changes you wanted us to take a look at and to make sure you understand what we’re trying to do to accomplish what his strategy was based on his street analysis,” Kruithof said. “We wanted to give you a chance to think about it, and have the public take a look at it too.”

Councilman Brian Forrester asked what type of feedback the City is looking for from the public.

“I think it’s always helpful if somebody gives us the viewpoint of, hey, what about this street or that street, and that you hear that and have an opportunity to take a look at that before we go into this,” Kruithof answered. “What I’ve heard significantly is, ‘How do you make these decisions?’ And we’re going to tell you how we make these decisions and do it very transparently, but also have an opportunity for somebody to say, can you look at this area, and give an answer to that as well.”

“That’s great, as long as we’re including the public. But they’ve got to understand what we went into to pick these, it wasn’t just random,” Forrester said.

Kruithof said the plan is to start this round of work in May.

“So, the method to the madness,” Hogan said as she began her presentation. “One of the things to remember is when you get to a certain point on a street of deterioration, it’s gong to be there now and it’s going to be there next summer. We’re trying very hard to save our streets that are savable with micro surfacing and crack sealing so that we’re doing the best we can with the money that we’ve got and get the biggest bang for our buck.”

The bid for micro surfacing/crack seal and striping is set to open April 18. Streets listed in the bid for micro surfacing and crack sealing include portions of: Oak Lane, Birch Lane, 22nd NE from tracks to Elm Street, 20th Street NE, Birnamwood, Elm Court, Elm Court to 16th Street, 16th Street NE, 13th Street NE, 12th Street NE, Washington, BJ Tunnel, Garfield, 7th Street NE, Park Circle, Central Avenue from Elm to Rex Plott Drive, 20th Street SW, South Elm, P Street SW, 24th Street SW, 22nd Avenue SW, M Street SW, K Street SW, L Street SW, J Street SW, 17th Avenue SW, 17th Place SW, C Street SW, Rex Plott Drive, 2nd NW, 1st NW, 3rd NE, 2nd NE, I Street NE, Alley behind Roosevelt, 8th Street SE, B Street SE, A Street SW, 5th Street SW, M Street NW, B Street SE, and N Street NW.

Hogan displayed a color-coded map of the City of Miami’s 2017 Microsurfacing Map which categorized the city’s streets by six conditions.

“We as the city have a crack sealing machine, and we are going to try to crack seal these” Hogan said “ When we get these done we can step away from that and concentrate on fours and fives (streets in the worse condition needing milling and overlay or possibly reconstruction). Once it’s gone, it’s gone, but we can save those ones and twos (moderately damaged streets).”

Hogan said the idea behind the City’s method of approaching street maintenance and repair is to save as many of the streets with the crack sealing and micro surfacing as possible to stop further deterioration allowing the crews to focus on repair of the worst streets in the city next year.

Kruithof said the City is working with Grand Gateway right now toward possibly accessing funding from a federal program High and Wide for commercial traffic for the restructure and rebuilding of the Truck Route in the 2018 to 2020 project range.

Hogan said the streets department has had a traffic counter on the roadway to get a traffic count on the Truck Route.

“We had over 9,00 cars in two days, and that was a Tuesday and Wednesday,” Hogan said. “We’re trying to demonstrate how important that road is to us.”

In other business, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality and the City of Miami entered into a memorandum of understanding for remediation work at the Rotary Centennial Park, the City’s M Street walking park. The park borders Tar Creek and is located just south of NEO A & M College in Miami.

“Some time ago you all approved for ODEQ testing of Rotary Centennial Park, and they’ve now done that and they have found two hot spots,” Hogan said. “Ironically it appears it’s the driveways of a couple of those houses we took out whenever we were doing the walking park.”

The lead-contaminated areas will be remediated by ODEQ, as well as two hot spots located on a property located at 418 C Street SW at no cost to the city.

Hogan told the City Council in the past the lead remediation work was under the oversight of the Federal Government in area cities and towns. She said the responsibility has now been passed on to the State of Oklahoma’s ODEQ.

“They have tested all of Centennial Park, and there is absolutely nothing there that was above their level other than these two spots,” Hogan said. “And we all know that Tar Creek has flooded there over and over again.”

Hogan reported that ODEQ’s representative, Project Manager Brian Stanila, is comfortable in saying there will not be any danger of recontamination once these properties are remediated by October.

Melinda Stotts is the associate editor of the Miami News-Record. She can be emailed at mstotts@miaminewsrecord.com or followed on Twitter @MelindaStotts1.