Jones nabs bid for Wayland street work
BY BROOKS TAYLOR
Mt. Pleasant News
WAYLAND — Jones Contracting of West Point was the successful bidder among nine firms who submitted bids for the Cummings Street Paving Project in Wayland.
Jones submitted a bid of $422,777, nearly $100,000 under the engineer’s estimate of $515,667. City Clerk Bev Conrad said city officials were “very pleased” with the bid. Work is scheduled to begin in late spring.
Mt. Pleasant attorney Mike Vance will serve as City of Wayland attorney until June 30, 2018. At the last council meeting, Vance submitted a proposal to serve until June 30. 2017. The city council, however, instructed Conrad to attempt to negotiate another year, which was successful. Vance will be paid $170 per hour for his work.
City water rates will be rising in the community. The council asked Conrad to prepare a resolution increasing water prices by 30 cents, which will receive its first reading at the Feb. 15 council meeting.
Conrad said the council is increasing the rate due to the increase in softener salt prices. “We’re just trying to break even,” she said.
A second bid was secured by Hairy Tree Care, of Kalona, for removal of a large tree and stump grinding. The firm will be paid $275 for the work. The tree is located at the corner of Highway 78 and Washington Street.
Two resignations were accepted. Geraldine Rixe resigned as part-time janitor, and Larry Leichty resigned as a mower with the public works department.
Conrad said Rixe would be replaced. However, the public works department hired a third person last year and the mowing duties will be spread out among the employees.
Council members agreed to purchase a portable composite sampler for $2,000. The sampler will be purchased from USA Bluebook.
The council also passed the third reading and adopted an ordinance amending the code of ordinances of the city by adding a new chapter pertaining to the management of trees, shrubs and bushes. The ordinance will become effective upon publication in the official city newspaper.
City Police Chief Ron Roth was granted permission to attend the Midwest Gang Investigators Association Conference in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., May 21-24.
Wayland council members meet again in regular session on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m., in City Hall.