The bid of $448,042 was higher than the engineer’s estimate of $416, 910, but substantially lower than the bid submitted by Godberson-Smith Construction. The council was told that possibly the reason the bids were higher than the engineer’s estimate was the stipulation that the work would not begin until after Labor Day. The project includes runway and taxi-lane pavement maintenance as well as taxiway reconstruction. Ninety percent of the construction cost will be paid by federal funding.
The Council also approved the sale of a lot in the Schemper Addition to Craig and Sarah Van Meeteren for $23,200. The Van Meeterens had made their request to buy the lot contingent on their purchase of the home constructed by the NCC classes. Even though they were not successful in purchasing the NCC home they waived this contingency and intend to build a home on the lot.
In other business they passed the proposed changes in the water and sewer ordinance on to its third reading at the next regular council meeting. And they discussed a lower speed limit on Highway 18 during construction. They were told that council action was not necessary and the speed limit would be set at 35 miles per hour until construction was completed. Work on the highway is expected to begin next week.
The council also heard a report on the city water situation. Public Works Director Todd Uhl reported that he did not want to lift the ‘Water Watch’ until they were assured that the work on the underground storage tank was successfully completed. This had been slowed down by weather conditions and a problem with the coating materials used to repair the leaks. The tank is now filled with water and should be back in service soon.
And City Manager Scott Wynja told the council that the Lewis and Clark water system is studying the possibility of getting Lewis and Clark water routed to Sheldon through lines owned by Lyon and Sioux Rural Water. Wynja also reported that the city has received a request for Tax Increment Financing. This will be presented to the council at the July 2nd meeting.