Council hears concerns from citizens

BLACKFOOT — During their meeting Tuesday night, the Blackfoot City Council heard from residents who live on Wilson Avenue who are concerned about the sewer project currently underway on that street.
The residents are concerned with the manner in which the project is being completed—with problems involving dust, road access and deep holes. They also voiced concerns regarding the structure of the road once it will be repaved, noting width issues, draining concerns and the possibility of the edges of the road breaking off.
Wilson Avenue, which has been a construction area since crews began replacing an aging sewer line earlier this month, should be complete and reconstructed in the next one to two weeks.
Vaughn Key, the city's Street Department supervisor, said there have been some problems with the project that have delayed completion. The Street Department removed the asphalt and base, then contractor Bowen Construction has installed the sewer line.
Mayor Mike Virtue said the contract with Bowen is fixed-price, so the city is not paying Bowen for extra time and a penalty clause is built into the contract.
Virtue suggested a representative of Wilson Avenue, councilman Farrell Cammack, the project engineers and Key meet to discuss the project as a way to identify lessons learned. They plan to meet by the end of this week.