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Status of Current Projects

Wheeler 2017 Paving

The City of Wheeler has received a SCA (Special City Allotment) Grant inthe amount of $50,000 for the 2016/2017 grant cycle. The purpose of this grant is to fund paving within the City of Wheeler. The application for the current cycle was largely predicated upon the increased need for public safety within Wheeler with a secondary qualification being that of traffic and congestion relief. A summary of each project is listed below:

  1. Upper Park/Akin St.: Akin St. is currently under the ownership, jurisdiction, and control of the City of Wheeler. The primary focus of project identification is located between the same starting and end point along Second St. Akin St. has been selected as a candidate project due to its principal importance as access to the City’s disaster staging, recovery, and air evacuation area as designated within the City of Wheeler, and its relative inaccessibility as of current due to its deteriorated condition.
  2. First St.: First St. is currently under the ownership, jurisdiction, and control of the City of Wheeler. It is also currently broken into two sections, bifurcated by the introduction of Ridgeview Ct. The section to the south (between Ridgeview Ct. and Hemlock St.) is currently paved but in very poor condition. The residents of the Ridgeview Ct. neighborhood will most likely be cut off from the rest of Wheeler for evacuation in the event of major stream flooding, or tsunami inundation along the southern half of First St.
  3. Third St.: Third St. is currently under the ownership, jurisdiction, and control of the City of Wheeler. The primary focus of project identification is located between Spruce St. and Hemlock St. This section of Third St. is comparatively in disrepair with respect to the sections emanating in a southerly direction from Spruce St. Third St., as established is a major thoroughfare for the section of Wheeler with the potential for the highest residential density and accompanying traffic. The majority of Wheeler residents who use Third St. to make their way across town avoid the last block between Spruce St. and Hemlock St. due to its current state of disrepair. This increases congestion within the residential areas of the city as residents make their way to Hwy. 101 along multiple corridors with multiple turns.

The City sent Requests For Proposals to three paving companies (Bayview Transit Mix Inc. S-C Paving, and Gettis Paving) on March 9th, 2017, with a deadline for bid submission of March 24, 2017 by 2:00 p.m. Both Bayview Transit Mix Inc. and  S-C Paving submitted bids by the deadline. The bids were opened on March 24, 2017 after 2:00 p.m. The projected work is scheduled to take place between April and June of 2017.

The City submitted a fourth request for proposal at the same time and date for a paving overlay project of the Wheeler City Hall Parking Lot. This project will be funded for by dedicated capital improvement appropriations from the 2016/2017  City budget. This project will provide increased stormwater flow out of the City Hall parking lot, increased accessibility, and increased safety.Both Bayview Transit Mix Inc. and  S-C Paving submitted bids by the March 24, 2017 2:00 p.m. deadline. The bids were opened on March 24, 2017 after 2:00 p.m. The projected work is scheduled to take place between April and June of 2017.

All of the submitted bids can be found below for public viewing, and are on file at Wheeler City Hall for public inspection.

Bayview Transit Mix Bid Package

S-C Bid Package

This post was made on March 28th at 1:22 p.m.

If any Citizen would like to volunteer their time or donate money for the project, please contact Geoff Wullschlager at 503-368-5767 for details. I am also interested in any ideas for fund raising to finance City Hall improvements. Your City Hall is a unique structure made of some of the finest old growth timber ever milled in the area. The building is one of the last public structures in Oregon that at one time incorporated a Fire Department, Public Work Department, City Recorder Offices, and Community Events Center into one building. The City must maintain the building in a safe usable condition, for all its citizens into the future.

Citizens may suggest new projects by contacting City Hall at 503-368-5767 or by attending a City Council meeting. The City’s ability to complete large projects is generally dependent on grant financing.

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