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Project Progress Bids Sought For Downtown
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After briefly discussing the benefits and drawbacks of paving stones against the durability of stamped concrete, as well as other aspects of the downtown Riverbank construction project, the Riverbank Downtown Revitalization Committee voted to approve construction plans for Phase II of the project at its June 9 meeting.

On Tuesday, June 3 the committee met and selected Dennis Zinner as the Committee Chairperson, and Ric McGinnis was tapped as the Vice Chair. Evelyn Halbert was picked by the selection committee to fill the remaining, seventh seat on the committee, pending city council approval, which came at the June 9 council meeting.

During the committee meeting, Tim Ogden, Economic Development Manager and Housing & Economic Development Director for the City of Riverbank, provided committee members with samples of different materials that will be used to complete the downtown construction. This included brickwork, pavers, and other construction items the committee had to choose for purposes of functional ability and landscaping.

During a discussion about how to best pave the customized intersections that will soon begin sprouting throughout the downtown area, some of the committee members began to question the wisdom of using pavers, or individual bricks, to cover the intersections, suggesting the use of stamped concrete instead. Dave Melilli, Riverbank's Public Works Director, pointed out that pavers are more commonly used to cover non-traffic portions of roadways, such as sidewalks and bike paths.