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City reverses decision on street bid

Jun 29, 2017

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News

 

Mt. Pleasant City Council members reversed field during Wednesday’s regular meeting.

Two weeks ago, the council tabled action on the awarding of a bid for West Washington and West Courtland streets because the two bids received were considerably above the engineer’s estimate.

The engineer’s estimate for an asphalt overlay on the streets was $637,319. However, the low bid, submitted by OMG Midwest Inc., Crestor Construction Co. of Ankeny was $653,625.86. A second bid received was $33,000 higher.

Consequently, the matter was referred back to the street committee for a recommendation. “We looked at some things and didn’t get very good bids,” Councilman Kent White, chair of the street committee said. “We can accept the bid and probably will.” The street committee recommended acceptance of the low bid which was approved by the council.

“There’s a lot of work that needs to be done under Courtland Street and that is the reason for the increase in price,” Mayor Steve Brimhall said.

Council members also approved a change order in the date for the start and completion of the project. Originally, the work was to be done by Aug. 15. However, now the project will be done after Old Threshers, starting after Labor Day and being completed by the end of October.

Approval was given to the third reading and an ordinance was adopted to allow a fine for routine nuisance offenses. The ordinance mainly applies to cars being parked on lawns. A change in the ordinance, however, waives enforcement during the week following the Midwest Old Threshers celebration.

Mt. Pleasant resident Dean King asked if a car is parked illegally who receives the ticket, the property owner or the vehicle owner. Brimhall said the vehicle owner would receive the ticket.

The council also approved appellation for a grant in conjunction with the Jefferson Street project. The city is looking to continue the development of the trail to connect Saunders Park, starting along Jefferson Street at the intersection of South Street, heading north to Yocum Lane and further extending it along White Street. The city is applying for a $276,420 grant with a local match of $92,140.

As July 4th nears, fireworks are increasing in the city and the council received several complaints about fireworks shot late at night or being discharged by individuals under 18 years of age. The council told the residents if they see violations to report them to the police.

City offices will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Garbage collection will be picked up as usual on Monday, July 3. Beginning July 4, garbage colletion will be one day later.

Council members meet again in regular session Wednesday, July 12, in City Hall.

 

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