The Latham Street reconstruction project is a go; it will just take some time before work begins.
Sandwich alderman approved a proposal from Hampton, Lenzini and Renwick for Phase 1 engineering services for the project during a meeting Monday, Feb. 10.
Unfortunately for drivers who frequent the street, city officials do not expect construction to begin until 2022.
Alderman Pete Dell acknowledged that Latham Street is a priority.
“This particular project – and I’m glad to have people comment on this – is probably one that we can agree on has very high priority, if not among the highest [priority],” Dell said. “Money will either be collected from the outside, not necessarily from our general fund, including Motor Fuel Tax [to pay for it].
“We hear a lot about needs from our citizens, and it’s not just streets. But I think as far as street projects go I think this one gets as much talk as any, as people hit these periodic bumps as they come down Latham Street.”
City Engineer Tom Horak said that the city has access to $800,000 that it will receive as the reconstruction project gets rolling. Still, the council needed to approve $81,000 in funding for the engineering work during Monday’s meeting.
In other business, the council tabled discussion on the request for approval of the Hampton, Lenzini and Renwick proposal for the downtown lighting study update dated Feb. 5 for just less than $13,000.
“I’m going to ask [Horak] to table it,” said alderman Kevin Kelleher. “The reason we’re doing it is alderman [Fred] Kreinbrink and I are working on light posts and luminaries and getting some new prices and stuff. I’ll keep you updated.”
John Vezzetti, vice president for Bernardi Securities, also shared a presentation at the Feb. 10 meeting.
Vezzetti reminded the City Council that his company refinanced a loan for the city that saved them a lot of money in 2013.
“We ended up lowering that interest rate,” he said. “It ended up saving the city pretty darn close to $100,000 simply by changing that interest rate.”
He also pointed out that the tax rate in the city has gone down in the past five years and invited the council to peruse the documents he shared and to contact him with questions.
“There is some excellent information in here that I think is kind of interesting stuff,” Dell said. “If you’re interested in what’s going on in the city here, there’s some good information.”
Said Vezzetti, “As we say, it includes everything but your DNA, and that’s almost the truth. It has got a lot in here, anything you’d want to know about the city of Sandwich.”