Valley Contracting wins Armstrong storm sewer bid
ARMSTRONG — Valley Contracting Inc. of Estherville Wednesday was awarded a bid of $303,906.63 for storm sewer improvements by the Armstrong City Council.
The award was nearly $35,000 under the base bid of $337,440. The council also accepted Valley’s bid of $900 for two intakes.
At the same meeting, the council approved final plans, specifications, and cost estimate for the project. Also approved was a resolution approving the construction contract and bond.
Rick Hopper, project engineer with Jacobson-Westergard & Associates Inc. of Estherville, noted that permit fees to cross a railroad right of way had increased from an anticipated $1,500 through Union Pacific Railroad to $60,000 with Hawkeye Land Co. Rather than pay permit fees 4,000 percent higher than was anticipated, Hopper recommended the council pursue private property easements.
“You would just spend a small percentage of that $60,000,” Hopper said, noting the cost would be closer to $10,000 to $15,000.
Hopper said the line could be moved just north of the railroad right of way to the south end of private properties.
City Clerk Connie Thackery said much of that property included city property and the Little League field, also city-owned.
Hopper said he would work to get the easements prepared.
In other business, the council held a public hearing authorizing a loan agreement not to exceed $29,000 for the new patrol car. Principal and interest will be repaid through the debt service fund.
A low bid of $15,318.60 was received from Electronic Specialists of Algona. The council decided to meet with the directors of the Armstrong Benefitted Fire District before making final approval.