Sheldon, Iowa — The Crossroads Pavilion events center was back on the agenda when the Sheldon City Council met Wednesday. The council approved a change order for the construction contract that actually lowered the contract by one hundred one thousand dollars. Public Works Director Todd Uhl told the council that the City has been working with the contractor looking for ways to lower the cost. One of those items was a slight change in the dividing walls that saved $65,000.
The council also heard details about a problem with the soil condition where the parking lot is to be located. Since the soil would not pass compaction tests extra measures were needed such as tiling, installation of a geogrid, additional rock, and additional compaction. Because of this, Beck Engineering had to make several extra trips to Sheldon. The cost of these trips between July 18th and September 9th added up to $5,280. RDG Planning and Design estimated that additional time for the rest of this month would be $3,500.00. The Council voted to pay the $5,280 directly to Beck Engineering but the rest of the month would be paid only on an hourly basis.
Uhl told the council that even though the rain has slowed down progress on the building, the construction is still on schedule.
In other business the council approved the final payment to the Sheldon Community School District for the City’s share of the cost of the new sports complex. The City and the School District each paid $592,745.51 for the construction of the complex. The two entities will also share equally the water and electricity expenses.
Development Director Curt Strouth reported that the website makeover has been narrowed down to two companies and they should have a finalist soon. The website is shared by the City and chamber of commerce. The marketing committee will pay for the cost of the re-vamping of the website.
And Mayor Meendering reported to KIWA that by next week they hope to have a report on the search for a new city manager.