A contract exceeding $411,000 for work on the first two phases of upgrades to Margaret Street was awarded Aug. 14 to George and Lynch Inc.

A contract exceeding $411,000 for work on the first two phases of upgrades to Margaret Street was awarded Aug. 14 to George and Lynch Inc.

Town council unanimously approved the George and Lynch bid.

According to Town Manager Gene Dvornick, the work will involve repaving, sidewalk and curbing installation and drainage mitigation on the stretch of Margaret Street that runs from Edward to Wilson streets.

The bid submitted by George and Lynch was $351,916.45, with a supplemental town contribution of $60,000 to cover construction costs through phase two. Dvornick said it’s possible the $60,000 will not be used in its entirety. Community Development Block Grant funding will cover 59 percent of the cost, or $243,250, and the town will pay 41 percent of the cost, or $168,666.

The additional $60,000 is required because initial work estimates did not take into account drainage issues along Margaret Street, according to Brandon Kohler of project engineer Davis Bowen & Friedel, Inc. The application for CDBG funding was made based on the initial estimates, therefore the town is now coming up short.

Mayor Mike Wyatt said the town’s additional investment may help in the acquisition of CDBG funding for phase three of the project.

“I’ve got to believe it’s going to help us if we have the chance to get any more money from them,” Wyatt said.

Dvornick said the work is anticipated for completion in early December, depending on the weather.

Also at the Aug. 14 meeting, the council unanimously approved a $7,800 expenditure for Revelstone Compass, a web-based performance management tool for municipal governments. According to information from Revelstone, the program enables governments to measure, compare, learn and improve performance by collecting, tracking, analyzing and reporting on performance data.

Dvornick said Revelstone can track data through more than 500 metrics in service areas like police, fire, building and grounds, solid waste, roads, construction, code enforcement and parks and recreation. The town can also add or define custom measures for any type of data it wishes to track and analyze.

For example, Dvornick said, conservation efforts at Sussex Correctional Institution has billing for water consumption down six million gallons, which could have a direct financial impact on the fiscal year 2015 water revenue budget. Dvornick said a program like Revelstone could assist the council in determining how the town can make up that shortfall.

Dvornick said information like this is already available to the town, but utilizing Revelstone will put it all in one place and make it much more accessible.