Mentor moves road painting program in-house with truck purchase, aims to reduce costs | Lake County

Mentor leaders walk a road that is less traveled when it comes to marking community roads.

The city council recently approved the spending of $ 257,830 on a paint strip car.

“This is the next step in getting our entire street painting program up and running,” said City Manager Ken Filipiak.

The city already had a small painting machine for jobs that could be done by hand, such as adding sharrows to some streets last year. Much of the annual pavement marking program, however, had to be retired.

“A few years ago the cost of striping increased significantly,” said Matt Schweikert, Mentor’s public works director. “This primarily got us to look at the internal striping. There were also the occasional instances where striping had to be done outside of the routine program and we paid – in my opinion – an exorbitant amount. With our own striper, we could react quickly to new needs. “

There were two offers for the truck from EZ Liner Industries and JCL Equipment Company. The former’s base bid was significantly lower at $ 187,560, but included 43 exceptions to the bid specifications.

The most important of these deviations concerned the size and durability of the vehicle itself, said Schweikert.

“JCL’s truck has twice as much paint and twice as many (reflective) beads,” he said. “The JCL truck can also paint two lines at the same time – e.g. B. yellow center line and white edge line. The EZ Liner doesn’t.

“Overall, the city’s bid specs focused on equipment longevity and productivity during the striping process.”

So the advice followed their recommendation to buy the JCL truck for $ 249,780 plus a laser point guidance system for $ 6,870.

Council Chairman Bruce Landeg couldn’t resist a little military humor.

“Matt, I’m sure the crew assigned to the new truck will deserve their stripes,” he said.

Schweikert said the equipment will give the city the flexibility to address problem areas and possibly paint more than once a year.

“Everything that is currently streaked is repainted every year,” he said. Remember that the advantage of the strip is that the paint contains reflective glass beads. Over the course of a year, traffic, plows, etc. will scrape off many of the pearls. “

He found that the neighborhood striping contract for 2020 was $ 275,000. The estimated annual material costs will be roughly half that in the future.

He said most parishes are unlikely to make stripes of their own due to their size.

“In a smaller community that may spend less than $ 100,000 a year on striping, it’s hard to justify buying your own equipment,” he said. “However, we are able to have the numbers work pretty well to justify the transition.”

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