$168K contract for parking deck cleaning, and other city business

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Street level of the Water Street parking deck downtown. File photo by Ben Brown.
Street level of the Water Street parking deck downtown. File photo by Ben Brown.

Downtown Wilmington’s four city-owned parking decks are on a power-wash prescription–the first in several years–following the city council’s approval Tuesday of a three-year contract worth $168,000.

Clean Recover Inc. of Roswell, Ga., will in the first year perform a “comprehensive power washing” of the parking decks on Second Street, Market and Front streets, Water Street and at the Wilmington Convention Center on Nutt Street. The first year’s individual cost is $62,400, according to the city.

Thereafter, the company will power-wash the decks (exclusive of the Water Street one, which is eyed for eventual removal) at a $52,800 annual cost.

Clean Recover was the only company to bid on the work, but the city said it verified the pricing was reasonable and the company was well qualified.

The city had already budgeted funding for it.

In other approvals from Tuesday’s council meeting:

-The Wilmington Police Department’s 19-member SWAT team will trade in “worn out” Glock pistols to an exchange company offering newer models. Information from the city manager’s office says the team’s pistols were purchased in 2007 and “have reached a high-maintenance stage where they are in need of frequent repairs.”

Craig’s Firearms Supply Inc. of Knoxville, Tenn., had proposed to trade the SWAT team’s third-generation Glocks for fourth-generation versions. The new Glocks are to cost $484 each; the trade-ins are being given a $312-each value. The police department will trade 19 pistols and acquire 20 (“to have one in reserve”) for an end all cost of $3,752 from the police department’s operating budget.

Click here to view the proposal.

Past story: Trade may afford SWAT team new weapons

-The city will apply for $1.5 million worth of federal funds managed by the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) for various transportation-related projects in the city. That total represents separate applications; if all are awarded, the city would have to put up $300,326 in local fund matches, as generated by a reserved five-cent levy, in the city’s 45-cent property tax rate, for transportation and infrastructural upgrades.

Individually, a slated multi-use path along Hooker Road from Wrightsville Avenue to Mallard Drive asks a little more than $1 million from Surface Transportation Program-Direct Apportionment funds managed by the WMPO. The local match would be $203,161.

A multi-use path along Hinton Avenue from Park Avenue to Greenville Avenue asks $367,091 in Surface Transportation Program-Direct Apportionment funds. The local match would be $73,418.

A series of pedestrian-related upgrades at Fifth Avenue’s intersections with busy Dawson and Wooster streets asks $118,724 in Transportation Alternative-Direct Apportionment funds. The local match would be $23,746.

The local matches are uniform at 20 percent of the amounts applied for.

Story with more details: Signalized crosswalks at Fifth and Dawson-Wooster among transportation items at council’s attention

Other coverage from Tuesday’s city council meeting:

Council enables Gang Investigative Unit

Musco puts different light on Kenan Fountain