Chairman David Allman and board members Robin Loudermilk, Robin Suggs and Thad Ellis were absent from the monthly board meeting at Tower Place.
“It will be 617 square feet of concrete paver repair on Peachtree from Maple [Drive] to Peachtree Dunwoody [Road],” said Tony Peters, the district’s programs manager. “This square footage represents the worst areas that we have identified. There are other areas that we’re fixing to address but we’d like to use this … amount of square feet to test their performance.”
The pavers were installed during the first two phases of the district’s Peachtree Road transformation project, which were completed in 2012.
“One of the biggest issues [causing the uneven pavers] was the winter and the freezing,” Peters said. “We shouldn’t experience this every single year.”
The work will entail using specialized mortar to keep the pavers in place, he said.
“[The contractor will be] taking what’s already there and resetting it in a new mortar base,” Peters said.
Although the intention is to not have to install brand new pavers, board member Scott Selig asked the group to consider purchasing extra to have on stock in the instance some break during this project or any other time in the future.
“Probably at least one will break,” he said.
District Executive Director Jim Durrett said he would look into the possibility of stocking additional pavers. Transportation and Planning Director Brian McHugh said it would take about three to four months to have pavers made matching the initial order.
Said Selig, “It’d be good to have a bunch of these on hand God-forbid somebody breaks one that has nothing to do with this [maintenance project]. I don’t think we want to wait four months to order one to have it replaced.”
Peters said the contract will be for a cost not to exceed $25,000, and the work should be completed by mid-August. He said another contractor, Lilburn-based firm Ruppert Landscape, put out a similarly priced bid but would not be available to start on the project until September due to its current workload.
Going forward, Peters said he would look into regularly budgeting funds for any needed maintenance of the sidewalks.
The issue with the pavers was included in a list of about 4,000 infrastructure deficiencies in Buckhead identified by Lowe Engineers in an assessment commissioned by the district and announced at the board’s February meeting.