Their bid of $970,819 was the lowest of the two bids submitted, and came in $121,000 lower than the engineer’s estimate.
During their meeting Wednesday, the City Council approved the idea of making one change to the plan. They agreed to reduce the width of the sidewalks along Ninth Street making it possible to accommodate angle parking on the south side of the street from Second Avenue to Fourth Avenue. This will provide an additional ten parking spaces on these two blocks.
The Council also approved a construction services contract with McClure Engineering for a total of $86,360. It is expected that the work will begin the first week in June.
In other action, the council awarded the contract for the Highway 18 improvement project to Godbersen-Smith Construction of Ida Grove. Their bid of two million, 478 thousand, one hundred and two dollars was just twenty thousand dollars below the other bid submitted by Tri-State Paving of Hospers, and about thirty thousand below the engineer’s estimate.
The council also gave their approval to a new lease agreement with Shane Kleinwolterink for farming the city-owned land near the cemetery. This is a seven year lease with a total annual cash rent of $2,100. The lease outlines the crops which must be planted each year. The first year soybeans, second year wheat or oats and the last five years alfalfa. It also covers some of the concerns recently expressed by residents of the area such as liability insurance and the application of chemicals.
The Council also voted passage of an ordinance amendment which will allow upright markers in all areas of the city cemetery. And they discussed the Lewis and Clark water situation which we’ll report in detail in future newscasts on KIWA Radio.