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August 13, 2013
FALLS CITY -- Falls City's limited street paving budget will be stretched further with a partnership in which city work will be bid with one of Polk County's projects.
Falls City will be participating in Managing Oregon Resources Efficiently (MORE), a program that encourages cities and other government entities to share equipment, materials and services. That prevents small cities like Falls City from having to purchase expensive equipment they don't often use or bidding individual projects at a higher cost.
Falls City received an Oregon Transportation Commission Small City Allotment Grant late last year to pave a portion of Bridge Street near the corner of South Main Street.
With the project included on the county's bid, the city will save money on contractor mobilization costs and benefit from bulk material purchasing. The savings will pay for addressing water drainage issues in the area.
"It expands the scope of the project just a little bit," said Amber Mathiesen, Falls City's city administrator.
The Falls City City Council voted to participate in the program at its meeting Thursday evening.
The council also approved an application for the 2013 Small City Allotment Grant, this time to pave a 550 foot portion of South Main Street near its intersection with Bridge Street. The highly traveled section of road has become so run down, it's a safety hazard, Mathiesen said.
"The pavement is in poor condition," she said. "It's alligatoring (cracking) and forming pot holes. Weeds are growing through the pavement."
Along with street resurfacing, the project will repair sidewalks for better access to the city's Lower Park via Bridge Street. The project is estimated to cost $49,950.