City project inspector to serve for another year

Marietta city project inspector Roy McCammon will continue to serve in that capacity for another year, according to a poll of council’s streets and transportation committee members Wednesday.

Committee chairwoman Kathy Downer, D-at large, along with committee members Mike McCauley, D-2nd Ward, and Steve Thomas, D-3rd Ward, agreed to a $16,300 contract with McCammon for part-time inspection services over the next year. The contract works out to about $20/hour for his services.

City engineer Joe Tucker recommended approval of the contract, noting that McCammon and the engineering department would be inspecting asphalt paving work in the city more closely during the 2014 paving season.

“We’re trying to make sure pavement compactions are done to Ohio Department of Transportation specifications,” Tucker said.

Councilman Tom Vukovic, D-4th Ward, voiced some concern that in past years McCammon may have overlooked some paving work that was not up to standards.

But Tucker noted that McCammon and members of the engineering department had recently taken part in training sessions focusing on ODOT paving specifications.

“We’ll be watching those areas being paved more closely this year,” Tucker said. “But you won’t be getting perfectly smooth asphalt, you’ll get paving that’s according to the ODOT specification manual.”

He said McCammon has the education and years of experience as a former ODOT inspector that make him fully qualified to perform the inspection work for the city.

In other business, council responded to recent concerns about scheduling two major intersection projects along the Pike Street corridor at the same time this summer.

Vukovic said the schedule was not up to council.

“I understand there would be public concern over having to drive through two intersections that will likely be under construction for five months,” Tucker said. “But both projects will be completed over a period of five months.”

Tucker said completing both intersection projects this year would eliminate the need to cause traffic issues over a two-year construction period if each intersection were done separately.