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Deadwood starts $440,000 in capital improvements projects

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Posted: Saturday, April 6, 2013 6:00 am

DEADWOOD — “Band-aids” won’t do the trick anymore on a list of four, city-wide capital improvement projects, totaling at least $440,000, scheduled to begin this spring.

“Our city commissioners are really progressive,” said Deadwood Public Works Administrator jR Raysor. “When we can give them a two-year notice, let them know that a Band-aid might work for a year or two, they appreciate it. That’s what it’s been with most of these projects, and we’ve come to the point where Bandaids don’t work anymore.”

Raysor said that the city hall HVAC system project, the pavilion roof, the Deadwood Public Library roof and the Broadway alley project have all moved into the immediate needs category.

“These projects have definitely been on our radar, but other things were higher priority. We’ve come to the point now, where we’re saying, ‘OK, this is failing and we need to fix it.’”

Broadway Alley drainage improvement project

Storm sewer will be added, and sanitary sewer will be replaced from Shine Street to Lee Street in a Broadway Alley project, with estimated costs of $85,000 to $100,000.

“It stinks in the summer and it’s an ice ball in the winter,” said Raysor, explaining that the alley gets absolutely no sunlight.

The rooftops of the buildings do get sunlight, and as snow and rain run-off accumulate, ice builds and builds over the winter, making it virtually impossible to stay ahead of.

Addressing the sewer situation in the narrow alleyway, which measures only 19 feet wide, will collect the roof drain, eliminating the 3-to-4-inch ice buildup that occurs in the winter.

Deadwood City Commissioners approved $9,974 in engineering costs to design the project, which will encompass adding three catch basins, 300 feet of 15-inch pipe for the storm sewer and 300 feet of 8-inch pipe for the sanitary sewer, in addition to resurfacing. The project is likely to start in late May and last around a month to five weeks.

“It won’t take long to do, and I’d like to do it before we get a bunch of businesses back in there,” Raysor said.

Because there will be no place for trash receptacles in the alley during the construction period, tenants will be asked to take their trash to Lee Street.

Deadwood Public Library roof

The Deadwood City Commission recently approved a $45,595 bid to fix the Deadwood library roof, by installing a membrane roof.

“It leaks like a sieve,” Raysor said.

In October, the commission put a band-aid on this project by applying a rubber seal to the roof, which has lasted over the winter.

“It worked, but it was a temporary fix,” Raysor said. “This roof really needs it. It hasn’t been replaced for quite some time. It’s at least 30 to 40 years old.”

The library roof replacement project will begin by mid to late May and is projected to be completed by July.


Pavilion roof

Because it is the original Pavilion roof, installed when the building was constructed in 1953, a roof replacement on this location is long overdue.

Raysor estimated the costs on this roofing project to be between $100,000 and $110,000. Bids will be advertised soon and a bid opening is scheduled for June 10, with a projected completion date of August.

Raysor explained that the roof is an old ballasted roof.

“They put rock on the top to hold the rubber down,” he explained. “The problem is that every time we get a leak, we don’t know where to look. We can’t see it because of the stones. And when you’re up there walking around on it, it causes more leaks because you’re pushing the stones into the rubber.”

City hall painting/HVAC system

The Deadwood City Commission recently approved a $6,000 painting project to be completed on the exterior of city hall this spring.

The city hall HVAC system is another that has also been “band-aided” for several years.

“That one’s got lots of bubble gum on it,” Raysor said. “The system we have now dates back to when city hall was moved to that building, so it’s more than 20 years old, inefficient and worn out. For the last five years we’ve been band-aiding it together. The unit that heats and cools the fishbowl went away in January. To fix it was around $14,000. To replace it was right around $25,000. So we just said, ‘Let’s look at replacing the whole system.’”

Replacing the whole system with a gas-forced air system will cost around $200,000, and efforts are being made to use the existing duct work, in order to save costs.

“Right now, we have a water to air air exchanger. The problem is that the water is too cold, so we have to heat the water that goes into the system so we can get the molecule exchange off the water. When city hall was remodeled, the return flow on the existing system was altered, causing a multitude of problems.”

Raysor said that the four projects listed are part of the city’s new Capital Improvement Program, which encompasses $18 million in projects between now and 2019.

“With that in place, we can be even more proactive,” Raysor said. “What will happen now is that projects will compete against each other using the tools the strategic plan provides. The cream of the crop, with the highest benefit-to-cost ratio, those projects will rise to the top right away.”

Raysor said that one other project that will likely surface this year is a $140,000 boardwalk/sidewalk project that would connect the Railroad Street parking lot and a nearby lot, preventing pedestrians from walking in the four lane and contributing to health and safety. There is currently no sidewalk in the area, and pedestrians engage in risky attempts to cross in the area.

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