West Point firm edges Shipley Construction for bid on South Iris Street project
By BROOKS TAYLOR
Mt. Pleasant News
JDM Contracting of West Point edged Shipley Construction of Burlington by less than $500 to gain the contract for the reconstruction of South Iris Street. The firm was awarded the contract during Wednesday night’s regular meeting of the Mt. Pleasant City Council.
JDM submitted a bid of $284,574.85 for the work, compared with an asking of $285,900.50 from Shipley. Seven other firms submitted bids, ranging upward to $323,978.50.
Engineer Jim Warner of Warner Engineering, the engineering firm for the project, was ecstatic about the bids. Warner Engineering estimated the project to cost $348,902.
“Nine bids is an amazing amount for a project of this magnitude,” Warner said. “There were four bids that ranged 15-20 percent under our estimate. The bids (price) and number of bidders show that contractors need work.”
Reconstruction work will begin after school dismisses for the summer and must be completed by Aug. 15.
“It is going to cause some headaches, but it will be worth it when it is done,” Mayor Steve Brimhall said, referring to the street reconstruction.
In other business, the council approved the second readings of ordinances increasing the sanitary sewer flow fee and two fees associated with the solid waste program.
The base sanitary sewer flow fee will increase from $4.20 to $4.30 per 1,000 gallons of water used, effective July 1. The increase is due to an Iowa Department of Natural Resources mandate for the city to eliminate storm water flow from the sanitary sewer system.
Mt. Pleasant commissioned a three-year study of the sanitary sewer system and has reconstructed 1,000 feet of sanitary sewer lines and old brick manholes that has cost the city over $2 million to date. The sewer flow fee increase will help fund the improvements. The average household discharges about 3,000 gallons of sewage monthly.
Effective July 1, the solid waste base fee will increase from $2.25 monthly to $2.50. The recycling/hazardous waste and Des Moines County Regional Sanitary Waste Center monthly administrative fee will increase from $3.15 to $3.25.
Council members also approved the transfer of ownership of the tractor headquarters building in McMillan Park from the city top Midwest Old Threshers. Midwest Old Threshers built the structure in 2005 and the city received ownership at that time. In many similar cases, ownership is transferred from private to governmental bodies for insurance and maintenance reasons.
In other business, the council:
• Approved the appointment of Tayler Arnold and Shawn Sullivan to fire fighters. Both had been reserve fire fighters.
• Set April 24 at 7 p.m. as the date and time for a public hearing to consider the request to rezone real estate on West Clay Street from R1 (single family) and B-4 (highway commercial district) to AR (agricultural residential reserve).
• Learned that new outdoor fitness equipment will be installed at East Lake Park, east of the tennis courts. The equipment should be installed by July 1.
• Was told that the airport terminal renovation project has been nearly completed. “They took it from a 1970s look to the modern era,” quipped City Administrator Brent Schleisman.
Council members meet again in regular session Wednesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. in City Hall.