City of Rochester, NY
Monroe County
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[Amended 11-10-1992 by Ord. No. 92-403]
All pavements, sewers, walks, grading and water services and improvements incidental thereto, hereafter ordered constructed by the Council, shall be constructed as herein provided and in accordance with the standard specifications and standard details of construction of the City of Rochester and according to plans for the work as prepared by the Department of Environmental Services.
[Amended 11-10-1992 by Ord. No. 92-403]
So far as possible, street improvements shall follow a definite program as adopted by the Department of Environmental Services for improving the streets of the City of Rochester:
A. 
No pavements, except temporary pavements, Type 1, as defined in § 10-5 of this chapter, shall be laid, without express permission from the Commissioner of Environmental Services, before all necessary trenching has been accomplished and the backfill has been in place and settled for a period of nine months.
B. 
Public utilities and others having occasion to trench in City streets shall be notified, so far as possible, as to the date on which trenching shall be required to be completed according to the program for street improvements.
The following work shall be constructed in connection with the construction of sewers and as a portion of the work:
A. 
Manholes may be constructed at each end of each sewer, at all intersecting sewers, at changes in grade and at all intermediate points necessary to provide for proper drainage, cleaning and inspection.
B. 
In connection with the construction of stormwater or combined sewers, surface water inlets may be constructed wherever necessary to provide adequate surface drainage.
C. 
Lot laterals shall be constructed wherever necessary to provide adequate drainage. Surface water inlets shall be constructed at least every 200 feet.
[Amended 12-13-1955]
D. 
Appurtenances, such as weirs, regulators, sheer gates, and backflow gates, may be constructed where necessary.
[Added 12-13-1955]
Sidewalks hereafter ordered constructed shall be of portland cement concrete or bituminous concrete, and shall be laid, except where walks exist, substantially as good as the new walk. Existing walk may be relaid if not conforming to the proper grade and alignment. Necessary grading shall be accomplished as a portion of the work. The sidewalk grade shall be established by the City Engineer's office.
The following pavements and no others, are authorized to be laid in the City of Rochester:
A. 
Type 1. Temporary. Constructed of suitable gradings of crushed stone, broken slag, stabilized base, gravel or cinders rolled to thickness of not less than three inches. The grade for temporary pavements shall be established by the City Engineer's office.
[Amended 12-13-1955]
B. 
Type 2. A. Bituminous Macadam (Hot Penetration Method). Constructed of a surface course consisting of crushed mineral aggregate and bituminous cement or binder applied hot by the penetration method and compacted to a thickness of not less than 2 1/2 inches, treated with a seal coat of bituminous cement or binder and fine crushed mineral aggregate.
[Amended 12-13-1955]
C. 
Type 2. B. Bituminous Macadam (Cold Penetration Method). Constructed of a surface course consisting of crushed mineral aggregate and bituminous binder applied cold by the penetration method and compacted to a thickness of not less than 2 1/2 inches, treated with a seal coat of bituminous binder and fine crushed mineral aggregate.
[Amended 12-13-1955]
D. 
Type 3. A. Asphaltic concrete (Hot Laid Type.) Fine graded aggregate type, (composed of fine graded crushed stone, fine aggregate, mineral filler (with a preponderance of particles passing a 10-mesh sieve) and asphalt cement; mixed and laid hot so as to produce a stable low void pavement to a finished thickness of not less than 1 1/2 inches. This surface course may be laid on a close binder course of crushed stone, fine aggregate and asphalt cement or binder.
[Amended 5-22-1956]
E. 
Type 3. B. Asphaltic concrete (Cold Laid Type). Fine graded aggregate type, composed of fine graded crushed stone, fine aggregate, mineral filler (with a preponderance of particles passing the 10-mesh sieve) and asphalt cement and tempering medium, if required, or asphalt and asphaltic flux oil; mixed dry or hot, transported and laid cold or at a temperature not to exceed 200º F., so as to produce under traffic a stable, low void pavement to a finished thickness of not less than 1 1/2 inches. This surface course may be laid on a close binder course of crushed stone, fine aggregate and asphalt cement or binder.
[Amended 5-22-1956]
F. 
Type 4. Concrete. Constructed of portland cement concrete laid in a course not less than six inches in thickness, reinforced by wire mesh or bar mats, and provided with expansion joints.
[Amended 12-13-1955]
G. 
Type 5. Concrete. Constructed of portland cement concrete laid in a course not less than six inches in thickness and provided with expansion and dummy joints.
[Amended 12-13-1955]
H. 
Type 6. Vitrified brick. Constructed of a course of vitrified paving brick, laid on a sand, bituminous or portland cement mortar bedding course and with all joints filled with asphalt filler or cement grout.
I. 
Type 7. Granite block. Constructed of a course of granite paving block laid on a sand, bituminous or portland cement mortar bedding course and with all joints filled with asphalt filler or cement grout.
J. 
Type 8. Sandstone block. Constructed of a course of Medina sandstone paving block laid on a sand, bituminous or portland cement mortar bedding course and with all joints filled with bituminous filler or portland cement grout.
K. 
Type 9. Asphalt block. Constructed of a course of asphalt blocks laid on a bituminous or portland cement mortar bedding course and with all joints filled with an asphalt filler.
L. 
Type 10. Concrete. Constructed of portland cement concrete laid in a course not less than six inches in thickness, reinforced by wire mesh or bar mats, and provided with expansion joints.
M. 
Type 11. Wood block. Constructed of a course of treated wooden paving blocks, laid on a cement mortar or bituminous bedding course and all joints filled with a bituminous filler. This type shall be authorized only for bridge flooring and for similar structures.
N. 
Type 12. Concrete. Constructed of portland cement concrete laid in a course not less than five inches in thickness and provided with expansion and dummy joints.
[Added 6-25-1946]
[Amended 12-13-1955]
Asphaltic concrete coarse graded or fine graded aggregate types of pavement shall be laid on either a portland cement concrete foundation, not less than six inches in thickness, or on an asphaltic concrete foundation, not less than three inches in thickness, constructed over a proper subbase, or a combined concrete and asphaltic concrete foundation, or on an old pavement or foundation suitably prepared. A bituminous macadam pavement shall be laid on either a foundation of broken stone, gravel or broken slag, roiled to a minimum thickness of six inches, or on an old pavement or foundation suitably prepared.
Pavements shall extend to the street line at all intersecting streets and alleys, except where permanent improvements exist at proper lines and grades.
The following work, where necessary may be constructed in connection with the laying of pavements or other municipal and local improvements and as a portion of the work:
A. 
Removal of trees.
B. 
Grading and embankment.
C. 
Preparation and drainage of subgrade.
D. 
Temporary structures for the convenience of the public.
E. 
Removal of minor obstructions and encroachments.
F. 
Adjusting pavements or walks at intersecting streets to the grade of the improvement.
G. 
Repair and readjustment to grade of existing sidewalks or the construction of new walk where necessary.
H. 
Setting of monuments.
I. 
Drains.
J. 
Curb.
K. 
Driveways.
L. 
Headers.
M. 
Seeding and fertilizer.
[Amended 12-13-1955]
N. 
Shoulders.
O. 
Water mains.
P. 
Water services.
Q. 
Street laterals from sewer.
R. 
Lot laterals from sewer.
S. 
Manholes.
T. 
Surface water inlets.
U. 
Relaying, relocation and replacement of water mains.
V. 
Relocation, replacement, repair and connection of hydrants.
W. 
Cleaning, repairing and replacement of so much of the main sewer or laterals as may be found necessary for restoration to the original condition.
X. 
Other incidental work as may be necessary for the proper prosecution of the work.
Curbs shall be of Medina sandstone, granite or concrete of a thickness, depth and section as shown on the standard details of construction for the City of Rochester, except when special designs are approved by the City Engineer. Curbs shall be turned in at all streets and turned in or dropped at alleys or driveways.
The City Engineer may make such minor changes in the established grades as are necessary to secure proper street construction and suitable surface drainage.
[Added 12-13-1955]
Concrete gutters shall be constructed of portland cement concrete and laid to the grade established by the City Engineer's office.
[Amended 12-13-1955; 4-27-1971 by Ord. No. 71-216]
A. 
All types of pavements herein specified, except Types 1, 2A and 2B, shall be guaranteed and maintained by the contractor for a period of at least two year's. Types 2A and 2B pavement shall be guaranteed and maintained by the contractor for a period of at least two years. Stone curbing shall be guaranteed and maintained by the contractor for a period of at least two years.
B. 
Concrete walks, concrete gutters, concrete curb, water pipes and sewers with their appurtenances, including backfilling, shall be guaranteed and maintained by the contractor for a period of at least two years.
C. 
All pavements, curbs, concrete gutters, curb drains, sewers, water pipes and sidewalks and their maintenance for the periods above specified shall be guaranteed by a surety company bond issued by a surety company authorized to do business in the State of New York in the sum of at least 10% of the contract price. Such guaranty bonds shall be approved as to sufficiency of surety by the Director of Finance, and by the Corporation Counsel as to form and method of execution, and shall be filed in the office of the Director of Finance.
[Amended 11-10-1992 by Ord. No. 92-403]
[Amended 4-28-1970 by Ord. No. 70-198; 4-22-1975 by Ord. No. 75-139; 4-22-1975 by Ord. No. 75-140; 11-10-1992 by Ord. No. 92-403]
When a contract has been let for the work required by any local or municipal improvement by the Purchasing Agent, and said Purchasing Agent thereafter, pursuant to requisition of the Commissioner of Environmental Services, authorizes additions to the work or materials or changes in the plans and specifications covering the work, it is hereby declared to be impracticable to have such extra or unspecified work done or materials furnished by competitive contract. The Purchasing Agent is directed when so requisitioned by the Commissioner of Environmental Services to have such work done or materials furnished without competition, provided the additional cost does not increase the total anticipated expenditure, where the improvement is a local improvement, in excess of the ordinance estimate furnished the Council by the Commissioner of Environmental Services in accordance with Section 154 of a local law adopted by the Common Council on July 28, 1925, approved by the electorate of the City of Rochester on November 3, 1925, as amended.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Charter § 13-6.
When a contract has been let for the work required by any local or municipal improvement, the estimated quantities for any item as shown on the bidding sheet, which shall become a part of the contract, shall be considered as approximate only.
The whole expense incurred in connection with water mains and hydrants, except the expense of furnishing and laying water service, shall be charged to the City at large. The expense of furnishing and laying water services shall be charged against the property benefited.
[Amended 11-10-1992 by Ord. No. 92-403]
Property owners for whom driveways, sewer laterals or water services are to be constructed shall locate and stake lot lines or easements at street lines when required by the Commissioner of Environmental Services.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 10-17, Plans and specifications, as last amended 4-28-1970 by Ord. No. 70-198, was repealed 8-8-1972 by Ord. No. 72-423.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 10-18, Advertising for proposals, as last amended 4-28-1970 by Ord. No. 70-198, was repealed 8-8-1972 by Ord. No. 72-423.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 10-19, Advertisement, as last amended 4-28-1970 by Ord. No. 70-198, was repealed 8-8-1972 by Ord. No. 72-423.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 10-20, Proposals and bid security, as last amended 4-28-1970 by Ord. No. 70-198, was repealed 8-8-1972 by Ord. No. 72-423.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 10-21, Opening proposals, as last amended 4-28-1970 by Ord. No. 70-198, was repealed 8-8-1972 by Ord. No. 72-423.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 10-22, Award of contract, as last amended 4-28-1970 by Ord. No. 70-198, was repealed 8-8-1972 by Ord. No. 72-423.
[Amended 10-11-1949; 8-8-1972 by Ord. No. 72-423; 11-10-1992 by Ord. No. 92-403]
A. 
The contract shall contain a provision specifying the date for the starting of the work and the number of working days required to complete the same. The Commissioner of Environmental Services shall have the power to extend the time for the completion of the work upon the written application of the contractor for such extension.
B. 
All contracts shall contain a provision requiring the contractor to post, on the premises where work is being done, a copy of the prevailing rate of wage schedule certified by the Director of Finance of the City of Rochester.
[Added 4-11-1990 by Ord. No. 90-108; amended 2-14-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-22]
Whenever a contractor with the City is bound by the terms of his or her contract or by a guaranty or bond executed in connection therewith to do certain work and fails to do so and the Commissioner of Environmental Services is authorized to do such work, either by the terms of such contract, guaranty or bond, it is hereby declared to be impracticable to have such work done by competition, and the Commissioner of Environmental Services is hereby authorized to do the same without competition in such manner as he or she may deem for the best interests of the City.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 10-24, Bonds, as amended, was repealed 8-8-1972 by Ord. 72-423.
[Amended 11-10-1992 by Ord. No. 92-403]
The contract shall contain a provision reserving to the Commissioner of Environmental Services the right to make additions to or deduction from the work or materials or changes in the plans and specifications covering the work as may be necessary. The contractor shall accept such changes, deductions and additions, when so made, as part of the original contract and specifications and subject to all provisions and conditions thereof.
[Amended 4-28-1970 by Ord. No. 70-198; 8-8-1972 by Ord. No. 72-423; 4-22-1975 by Ord. No. 75-139; 4-22-1975 by Ord. No. 75-140]
The Purchasing Agent, upon letting of new contracts, shall file with the Commissioner of Labor of the State of New York such information as is required by § 220 of the Labor Law of the State of New York, including the names and addresses of such contractors and a statement of the contract awarded to such contractors.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 10-27, Absence of Purchasing Agent, as amended 4-28-1970 by Ord. No. 70-198, was repealed 8-8-1972 by Ord. No. 72-423.