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Contractor will repave Lacey road, cover costs

A subcontractor will repave Third Avenue between Golf Club Road and College Street in Lacey in the coming weeks after one of its employees refused to stop laying asphalt in the rain, the City Council learned Thursday.

The subcontractor, which was not named, will replace the asphalt at its own expense, city public works director Scott Egger said.

Those costs weren’t immediately known, but will involve grinding up the just-laid asphalt, repaving and re-striping the road, and providing traffic control, Egger said after the meeting.

About three weeks ago, the subcontractor was paving the street with fresh asphalt when it began to rain, he said. That kind of work is prohibited in the rain, Egger said, but an employee of the business, whom he described as a foreman-level worker, refused to stop after being told to do so by a city inspector.

Asphalt contains oils that repel water, and that means cracks or holes may form in asphalt that is laid during rainy weather. Those cracks can quickly turn into potholes.

The work to repave Third Avenue is expected to begin in the next few weeks, Egger said.

“They will make it right,” he said.

That wasn’t the only road construction news Thursday night. The council also awarded a $1.53 million contract to Active Construction of Puyallup to build a new roundabout in Hawks Prairie at Willamette Drive and 31st Avenue Northeast. The work is expected to begin in July and take 90 days.

A roundabout also is coming to Hogum Bay Road and Willamette Drive but not until 2016, Egger said.

Also Thursday night:

150 acres of mostly commercial property in northeast Hawks Prairie

A portion of the annexed property previously served by South Bay Fire District 8 will now be served by Lacey Fire District 3.

Clarkson has been on the council since 1998, including six years as mayor and four years as deputy mayor. He moved to the area in 1965.

The decision — and Clarkson — received a standing ovation.

Clarkson won praise from all the council members, including Lenny Greenstein, who first proposed the idea to the city’s park board.

“Thank you for your service to this community,” Greenstein said.