The Village of West Jefferson is preparing to use a new inventive process to resurface many streets officials say will give residents a good driving surface that will last for years.
Public service director Dave Metzger asked council Monday night to approve a resolution that would allow him to enter into a contract with Strawser Construction to cape seal several streets at a cost not to exceed $95,000.
Cape seal is a process where a chip seal is covered with a slurry or micro surface, which creates a very smooth driving surface that is sealed with a polymer and gives increased life to the road surface.
“Cape seal is a new process that in one day a sami seal (tar and chip with a polymer in it) gets rolled down and sets for a week,” Metzger said. “Then we come in with a slurry seal over it and in one to three hours the whole thing bonds together like a new road. It will have a 12 to 15 year life expectancy. I think you will be very pleased with it when it’s finished.”
Metzger said once the first sami seal is put down, traffic can drive upon it right away, even though it must set for a week. The second part of the process — when the slurry seal is applied a week later — traffic cannot drive upon it at all for one to three hours, depending upon weather conditions.
Council member Ray Martin asked about potential health emergencies that may arrive during the one to three hour window that the surface needs to set.
“What if someone is having a heart attack,” Martin said. “Can the fire department drive on it?”
Metzger said no vehicle can drive on the surface before it sets. He will work with the fire and police department to have a contingency plan for the affected streets during that time period, he said.
Work should begin by the end of June or early July, Metzger said. Among the streets chosen from each village ward are Burnham, Town, Hampton, Mary, East, Chester and Water streets.
Metzger also gave a parks and recreation update in regards to the village’s swimming pool. Warmer weather over last weekend prompted the department to open the pool at the last minute for the weekend in order to take advantage of soaring temperatures and sunshine.
“The pool officially opens this Friday (June 6) from noon to 8 p.m.,“ Metzger said. “The pool was opened for last weekend at the last minute when it was decided we had enough lifeguards and staff. The pool was very busy both Saturday and Sunday and we made a decent profit.”
Metzger said that even though requirements have changed, he asked the Madison County-London City Health District to inspect the pool.
“We do have a gold standard with our pool and I wanted them to inspect our pool to make sure we were in good shape,” Metzger said. “We also had the (American) Red Cross to come out and see what we are doing with our lifeguard training. They did suggest that we should think about getting a deliberator for the pool.”
Council approved a resolution to hire a temporary parks and street seasonal labor and maintenance worker for a period of no more than 12 weeks. The individual will fill the void left by a current full-time employee, who is on emergency medical leave in accordance with the federal Family Medical Leave Act.
Council also approved a resolution to join the 2015 Ohio Municipal League’s workers compensation village group rating plan. The plan allows the village to save on the premium to insure for workers compensation claims for a cost of $3,460.
“This is the annual enrollment into the plan,” finance director Jack Herrel said. “Over the years it has saved us hundreds of thousands of dollars.”