Geneseo spending $100,000 to fix Oakwood sidewalks

Lisa Depies
Cracked and broken sidewalks along Oakwood Avenue have been marked for repair. The city plans to spend $100,000 fixing sidewalks on Oakwood.

Aldermen have earmarked $100,000 in the budget to fix sidewalks in Geneseo. The amount is “significantly more than we’ve had in the budget in the past for sidewalks,” said Geneseo City Administrator Lisa Kotter.

The amount will be spent fixing and replacing sidewalks in the 300 to 900 blocks of South Oakwood Avenue.

On March 10, bids for the work will be opened with aldermen expected to accept the lowest qualified bid at the Tuesday, March 14 city council meeting.

“With that amount, we’re trying to get a significant amount of work done,” said Kotter.

If bids come in higher than expected, the scope of the work will have to be reduced, she explained.

Although this year’s sidewalk replacement and repair work will be awarded to an outside bidder, depending upon the prices, city officials could consider hiring extra help and completing sidewalk work in-house in the future.

“Could the city do it more efficiently if we had more manpower?” asked Mayor Kathy Carroll-Duda.

Public works director Chad VanDeWoestyne said that answer would depend upon bid numbers from outside contractors.

“Until we know the prices, it’s going to be hard to judge,” said VanDeWoestyne.