Washington firm will begin work soon on Grand Avenue project
By BROOKS TAYLOR
Mt. Pleasant News
Shipley Construction of Burlington won’t be “summering” in Mt. Pleasant this year.
DeLong Construction of Washington will.
DeLong was the successful bidder among seven firms vying for the Grand Avenue reconstruction project. DeLong bid $1,982,441.73, considerably below the engineer’s estimated cost of $2.2 million for the 95 working days project.
Bids ranged upward to $2.42 million. Shipley came in third in the bidding at $2,019,355.17.
City Administrator Brent Schleisman told city council members during their regular meeting Wednesday night that construction could begin soon. He added there will be a meeting of the contractor, engineer and city officials next week.
In a related item, the council approved a contract with Barton Construction of Mt. Pleasant to reconstruct a portion of the frontage road by the Best Western Hotel and Dollar General. The road runs parallel to Grand Avenue, east of Grand. Barton will be paid $44,000 for the work, which will be done before Grand is tackled.
“A lot of traffic will be dumped on this road when we do Grand Avenue,” Schleisman said. “We have to get it done before we work on Grand Avenue.”
More improvements are also coming to the airport. The council approved an agreement with McClure Engineering for the design and purchase of snow removal and a storage garage. Schleisman said that currently public works department “hand-me-downs” are used for snow removal at the airport.
Mt. Pleasant applied for and received a Federal Aviation Grant of $300,000 for the project. The grant requires a 10-percent city match ($30,000). McClure will be paid $50,880 for its design work.
Construction is to begin on the new building in July and completed by November.
Schleisman also said the city will be applying for a Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant for 12 overhead high sodium lights on the traffic poles on North Grand Avenue to include new LED lighting. The cost is estimated to be $15,100 with Mt. Pleasant Municipal Utilities providing a 50-percent match. Mt. Pleasant Municipal Utilities will do the wiring and installation work of the lights.
Council members approved amending the agreement with the Mt. Pleasant Benefitted Fire District. Mt. Pleasant provides fire protection to Westwood and several other rural areas under terms of the agreement. The contract is for another two years and the cost is $46,065 (amount the areas receiving the protection pay to Mt. Pleasant) and a two-percent increase the next year.
In remaining action, the council:
• Authorized the mayor to sin a 28E agreement with Henry County for pavement reconstruction of North Iowa Avenue. The city’s reconstruction would be from the overpass to Winfield Avenue at an estimated cost of $60,335.
• Was informed by City Building and Zoning Administrator Barb Welander that all residential, business and industrial property tax abatement requests for improvements and construction done in 2012 are due by the end of January.