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Water project bid OK’d for addition

By Staff | Sep 10, 2009

The review of bids for the water main extension project for the new Wanda Christensen Acres was undertaken by the Estherville City Council at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

Estherville City Administrator Penny Clayton noted that nine contractors had submitted bids. The low bid was offered by Schany Construction of Graettinger for $31,848.75.

As previously agreed upon, it was decided the cost of 6-inch water main extension would be shared equally and the city would pay for 100 percent of the hydrants and the developer would assume the total cost of the service line taps and connections.

The completion date was listed as Oct. 31, 2009. It was noted the county right of way permit and Iowa Department of Natural Resources permit were filed with the proper agencies.

The council approved the acceptance of Schany’s bid.

In other matters, the council:

n Reviewed the proposal for the collection of residential recyclable materials and awarded the three-year contract to Mike Pattison for his low bid of $3,150 per month. Pattison holds the current contract. Estherville Finance Director Vaughn Brua said the latest bid reflects a 26 percent increase.

n Authorized Estherville City Attorney David Forsyth to proceed with legal steps to eliminate the minimum house code violation located at 1509 Fifth Ave.N. Estherville Community Development Director Barb Mack said the residence has been vacant for 20 years. It was duly noted by the city administration and the city council that ample time through extensions has been granted. However, the repairs and landscape upkeep were never completed.

n Approved the request to authorize the abatement of the public nuisance at 301 Eighth Ave.N. as well as another public nuisance located at 714 S. 12th St.

n Scheduled a public hearing for 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21 for the request to amend the city’s zoning code for the addition of regulations for small wind energy systems.