After some discussion Monday night, the Augusta City Council decided to take a wait and see approach when it comes to the new concrete on the City Lake spillway.
Some residents in the area have claimed that the new concrete is shiny which is an inconvenience for them during sunny days.
Jay Anglemyer with MKEC said the curing compound hasn’t even worn off of the new structure yet. He believes that with a few months of aging that the shiny nature of the concrete will wear to a normal gray color.
Anglemyer told the City Council that the original bids for around $25,000 included a product to coat the concrete that might not perform well long-term for the project. He then presented a few other options that included only applying a coating to the wing walls and not the interior of the structure. He expressed concerns that – although this project would cost about one third to one half of the original project – it would not look good with only part of the walls receiving the coating.
Anglemyer pointed out that there would be no negative impact on cost since the contractor isn’t mobilized at the site to do this type of work now, so doing it in the future would require the same set-up costs.
“UCI has to include some mark-up in the cost too,” Councilor Matt Malone said. “I think we should finish this contract and treat the coating as a separate project.”
Anglemyer agreed and added that he believed when the curing compound wore off after some wind and rain that the shine would diminish as well.
Councilor Sue Jones asked that the issue be observed for a few months and then re-evaluated at that time.
Anglemyer had good news for the ongoing wing dike work. He said the subcontractors were ahead of their 15-day estimate and the seeding and sodding should begin soon. He estimated that the entire project – including road repair in