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Estherville, ELC eye development pact

By Staff | Aug 6, 2008

Presented to Estherville City Council Monday was a development agreement with the Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District for water and sewer service to the school’s practice sports field complex located at 1714 Seventh Avenue South.

City Administrator Steve Woodley told the council the school district’s need for water/sewer service quickly developed this year. “We learned of it less than a month ago.”

The complex will contain three practice fields and the future bus facility.

“They need sewer and water to the site,” he explained, noting there is no water main in that location at the present time.

It was explained Estherville’s long-range goal did include plans to extend the water service in that area sometime in the next five years.

“To accommodate the schools, we put this together quickly,” Woodley said.

The background information states:

n ELC plans to have the practice sports field complex graded and seeded by Sept. 30, 2008, and needs a four-inch water service to water the fields.

n The city has no water main along Seventh Avenue South in this area west of South 18th Street.

The proposed pact implicitly notes the mutual obligations will be agreed upon by both parties, and include:

n ELC will grant the city a 30-foot wide permanent utility easement across the north side of the 35-acre parcel to accommodate the extension of city’s water main and other utilities in the future.

n The city will have plans/specifications prepared and request for proposals sent to area contractors for the extension of an 8-inch water main from South 18th Street to a point 748 feet west along said utility easement, 4-inch water meter pit, 115 LF of 8-inch sanitary sewer service pipe and related work.

n The city will accept proposals for the above improvements on Aug. 4, 2008, and award the project to the lowest responsible bidder.

n ELC shall pay the city (or contractor directly, if possible) for the following share of the project costs based upon RFP and final quantities:

-50 percent of the engineering fees.

-50 percent of the cost related to the 8-inch water main extension.

-100 percent of the cost related to the 4-inch water service and meter pit.

-100 percent of the cost related to the 8-inch sanitary sewer service.

– The city shall own and maintain the 8 inch water main and ELC shall own and maintain the 4 inch water service, meter pit and sanitary sewer service.

It was stipulated the actual cost shares will be determined upon completion of the project.

The agreement is to be signed by school board president Molly Anderson, business manager/school board secretary Kate Woods, mayor Lyle Hevern and city clerk Vaughn Brua.

“We are on a fast track with this,” Woodley said, adding he did some engineering work.

The bids were opened at 1 p.m. on Aug. 4. “The city has to build this under our obligation under requirements.”

Woodley noted the school board does not meet until Monday, Aug. 11.

“(ELC superintendent) Dick Magnuson is going to recommend this plan to his board so I’m asking you for approval,” Woodley told the council.

The total estimated construction cost was estimated at $58,438. Of this amount the school’s share would be approximately $36,039.50 (62 percent) with the city’s share being $22,398.50 (38 percent).

The asterisk on the sheet indicated the amounts did not include engineering fees.

The project attracted four bidders with ABC Services submitting the lowest bid of $47,836.

The council gave its approval to both the development agreement and the lowest bidder, with the understanding the school board would approve the agreement at its next meeting.

In other business, the council:

n Passed the first reading of the ordinance amending regulations on “Recreational Fires.

n Received interest for the vacated third ward council seat from Betty Fiddler and Dave Seylar.

n Approved the Iowa Department of Transportation pre-construction agreement for the South Ninth Street project.

n Complied with a residential neighborhood request to close North 17th Court on Saturday, Aug. 23 for a block party.

n Received an apology from Justin Booth and Kevin Kuemper who admitted to posting an obscene skateboard video on YouTube. The teens said the video was been removed. Mayor Lyle Hevern suggested they take their computer/video skills and do something positive for the Skate Estherville endeavor.

n Heard from Kim Steffes, a parent involved with Skate Estherville who thanked Booth and Kuemper for their public apology. She stated Skate Estherville did not agree with the video and noted the video only makes their cause harder. On a positive note, she said the group raised $740 with the dunk tank at Sweet Corn Days. “Mike Martens, Mark Reardon and the others survived the dunk tank!”

Estherville, ELC eye development pact

By Staff | Aug 6, 2008

Collaborative effort vital for water/sewer line installment

by Mary Ann Menendez

Staff Writer

Presented to Estherville City Council Monday was a development agreement with the Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District for water and sewer service to the school’s practice sports field complex located at 1714 Seventh Avenue South.

City Administrator Steve Woodley told the council the school district’s need for water/sewer service quickly developed this year. “We learned of it less than a month ago.”

The complex will contain three practice fields and the future bus facility.

“They need sewer and water to the site,” he explained, noting there is no water main in that location at the present time.

It was explained Estherville’s long-range goal did include plans to extend the water service in that area sometime in the next five years.

“To accommodate the schools, we put this together quickly,” Woodley said.

The background information states:

n ELC plans to have the practice sports field complex graded and seeded by Sept. 30, 2008, and needs a four-inch water service to water the fields.

n The city has no water main along Seventh Avenue South in this area west of South 18th Street.

The proposed pact implicitly notes the mutual obligations will be agreed upon by both parties, and include:

n ELC will grant the city a 30-foot wide permanent utility easement across the north side of the 35-acre parcel to accommodate the extension of city’s water main and other utilities in the future.

n The city will have plans/specifications prepared and request for proposals sent to area contractors for the extension of an 8-inch water main from South 18th Street to a point 748 feet west along said utility easement, 4-inch water meter pit, 115 LF of 8-inch sanitary sewer service pipe and related work.

n The city will accept proposals for the above improvements on Aug. 4, 2008, and award the project to the lowest responsible bidder.

n ELC shall pay the city (or contractor directly, if possible) for the following share of the project costs based upon RFP and final quantities:

-50 percent of the engineering fees.

-50 percent of the cost related to the 8-inch water main extension.

-100 percent of the cost related to the 4-inch water service and meter pit.

-100 percent of the cost related to the 8-inch sanitary sewer service.

– The city shall own and maintain the 8 inch water main and ELC shall own and maintain the 4 inch water service, meter pit and sanitary sewer service.

It was stipulated the actual cost shares will be determined upon completion of the project.

The agreement is to be signed by school board president Molly Anderson, business manager/school board secretary Kate Woods, mayor Lyle Hevern and city clerk Vaughn Brua.

“We are on a fast track with this,” Woodley said, adding he did some engineering work.

The bids were opened at 1 p.m. on Aug. 4. “The city has to build this under our obligation under requirements.”

Woodley noted the school board does not meet until Monday, Aug. 11.

“(ELC superintendent) Dick Magnuson is going to recommend this plan to his board so I’m asking you for approval,” Woodley told the council.

The total estimated construction cost was estimated at $58,438. Of this amount the school’s share would be approximately $36,039.50 (62 percent) with the city’s share being $22,398.50 (38 percent).

The asterisk on the sheet indicated the amounts did not include engineering fees.

The project attracted four bidders with ABC Services submitting the lowest bid of $47,836.

The council gave its approval to both the development agreement and the lowest bidder, with the understanding the school board would approve the agreement at its next meeting.

In other business, the council:

n Passed the first reading of the ordinance amending regulations on “Recreational Fires.

n Received interest for the vacated third ward council seat from Betty Fiddler and Dave Seylar.

n Approved the Iowa Department of Transportation pre-construction agreement for the South Ninth Street project.

n Complied with a residential neighborhood request to close North 17th Court on Saturday, Aug. 23 for a block party.

n Received an apology from Justin Booth and Kevin Kuemper who admitted to posting an obscene skateboard video on YouTube. The teens said the video was been removed. Mayor Lyle Hevern suggested they take their computer/video skills and do something positive for the Skate Estherville endeavor.

n Heard from Kim Steffes, a parent involved with Skate Estherville who thanked Booth and Kuemper for their public apology. She stated Skate Estherville did not agree with the video and noted the video only makes their cause harder. On a positive note, she said the group raised $740 with the dunk tank at Sweet Corn Days. “Mike Martens, Mark Reardon and the others survived the dunk tank!”