Spellman Avenue project moving forward

Staff report

The Crestwood Board of Aldermen last week approved a roughly $171,000 contract for design services related to the first phase of the city’s Spellman Avenue reconstruction project.

The board authorized at its Jan. 11 regular meeting a $171,330.53 contract with the Howard R. Green Co. in Chesterfield for design services for Phase I of the Spellman Avenue redevelopment.

Green was the most qualified of the 18 firms that submitted proposals, according to Director of Public Works Dzenana Mruckovski. The contract amount falls within the $172,000 budgeted for engineering of the project, Mruckovski stated.

A federal grant was awarded to the city in June 2009 to reconstruct Spellman Avenue. The project includes complete reconstruction of the road between Rayburn Avenue and Pinellas Drive; the addition of concrete curbing and gutters; the installation of new, 5-foot-wide concrete sidewalks, accessible curb ramps and upgrading the existing stormwater system.

The grant will reimburse Crestwood 80 percent of the roughly $1.8 million project, which leaves the city responsible for $368,800. Officials anticipate construction will take place in 2013.

In other business last week, City Administrator Jim Eckrich introduced Greg Kremer as the Crestwood’s new finance officer.

Kremer, whose first day with the city was Jan. 3, previously was employed as a senior treasury analyst at Smurfit-Stone. His starting base salary as finance officer is $61,200, Eckrich said.

Crestwood’s previous finance officer, Douglas Brewer, resigned in October to take a job in North Carolina.