The final step in repairing utility work excavations isn’t high on those companies’ priority lists so the city of Ballwin now will take a proactive approach to make sure the job gets done more quickly.
Andy Hixson, assistant city administrator, and Jim Link, street superintendent, told the Board of Aldermen that the city now will place a box on the excavation permit application form; if the utility checks the box, the city will handle the concrete or asphalt pavement repairs and charge the company for the work.
The city is more responsive than utility companies so the repairs will be completed sooner, Hixson and Link said. Also, the work will be done to the city’s standards and complaints from nearby property owners should be reduced.
Depending on the size and scope of the project, Ballwin will retain the right to opt out of completing the pavement repairs.