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FD?council to act on contracts

Schaeffer not in favor of 10th Avenue project

August 25, 2012
By BILL SHEA, , Messenger News

A series of infrastructure contracts again awaits the Fort Dodge City Council when it meets Monday.

The council will meet at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S.

One of the contracts to be awarded would result in the reconstruction of the parking lot at the intersection of First Avenue North and 10th Street. Jensen Builders Ltd., of Fort Dodge, has submitted the apparent low bid of about $166,000.

Another contract awaiting action is for the installation of new storm sewers along 10th Avenue North east of 32nd Street. Hovey Construction, of Fort Dodge, submitted the apparent low bid of about $167,000.

However, City Engineer Chad Schaeffer wrote in a memo to the council that he's recommending that no contract be awarded because the bids were so much higher than the cost estimate for the project.

The city has $150,000 from a general obligation bond issue to pay for the job.

A third contract to be considered Monday is for the construction of sidewalks near the Fareway store at First Avenue South and 12th Street, and along South 32nd Street near the animal shelter.

Council members may also consider a measure that would set a bidding timeline and a public hearing on a plan to rebuild Sixth Avenue Northwest between Second and Third streets northwest.

Councilman Dave Flattery, the chairman of the council's Engineering and Streets Committee, has said he will recommend that no action be taken on the project until engineers complete some traffic counts in the neighborhood.

The council will also consider the first reading of a measure that would allow some additional wall signs at Crossroads mall.



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