Smyrna Town Council approved two more contracts Monday night for the upcoming police station project.

The architecture contract for Fearn Clendaniel Architects and engineering contract for engineering firm i3a were approved 6-1 by council. Councilwoman Valerie White voted against the motion.

The base rate for Fearn Clendaniel is $270,000 while i3a's contract is for $24,900. Ed Ide, of i3a, was previously hired as the construction manager for the project.

Prior to the vote, Councilman Jeff Flairty asked if there would be any assurance the project is still moving forward under the $3.5 million cap previously set by council.

Ide said yes, using a recent survey proposal as an example: the survey was budgeted at $10,000 and the bid came in at roughly $4,800.

Following the meeting, Town Manager Dave Hugg said construction is expected to start in April. He said construction on the new police station should take about a year, and anticipates the project will be substantially completed in May 2014.

Water main breaks on Carter Road

Hugg informed council of a water main break near the intersection of Sunnyside Road and Carter Road around 5:45 a.m. Monday morning. The area is currently under construction for a road rehabilitation project by DelDOT.

"It was a little bit of a concern this morning because of some difficulty we had in getting water pressure back up," Hugg said. "But by around noon time everything was back in service."

The issue resulted in no school for the day for Sunnyside Elementary students. Hugg said after the meeting that the Smyrna School District agreed that the safest route for children was for there to be no school. Hugg said Sunnyside Elementary will be open for school Tuesday.

Loan authorized for Commerce Street work

Council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the borrowing of a roughly $1.15 million loan from the Delaware Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund. The money will be used to replace water mains, service lines and related attachments on Commerce Street from Market Street to Route 13.

The zero-interest loan also includes terms for 86 percent forgiveness, or $1 million, if the project is substantially completed within one year of the loan closing. The remaining portion of the loan will be paid over twenty years.

A public hearing on the loan was held prior to the council meeting. In the hearing, Councilman Anthony DeFeo asked if the work to Commerce Street would be done in the daytime.

Hugg said due to Commerce Street being a state-maintained road, he believes the project will be done at night.

"We have to follow their maintenance and traffic requirements," Hugg said. "They're increasingly becoming insistent on work with interruption to traffic on major roads be done in the evening."

The town will go to bid on the project in a few weeks.

Strategic Plan talks continue

Councilwoman Joanne Masten informed council that the Personnel Committee would continue talks about developing a Strategic Plan for 2013 with plans of bringing it back to council for a vote. The committee meeting was held Tuesday, Jan. 8.

"We need to come up with a strategic plan whether it be for five years out or 10 years out with a listing of what is our vision, what is our objectives, goals and how do we plan to achieve that," Masten said.

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