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Pool set for rebid

By Staff | Sep 9, 2020

The Estherville City Council approved Monday new specifications for construction companies to bid on the new municipal pool. City administrator Penny Clayton said about $117,000 had been stripped from the original value engineering costs based on recommendations from contractors who bid on the project in the last round, February, 2020.

Funding for the pool includes the municipal bond passed two-to-one in August 2019, a grant from Enhance Iowa for $250,000 contingent on raising the final $173,000 in additional funding, monies pledged from Emmet County and Excel! Estherville, as well as funds donated by individuals and businesses in the community.

Clayton said, “We’re doing well, we’re out there talking to various entities and hope to hear back from them so we can get this wrapped up before we award bids this fall.”

Sept. 15, the city of Estherville will send a notice to contractors with a bid package. Oct. 27 is the deadline to submit a bid with the Nov. 2 council meeting the date the council will hold a public hearing, consider bids and make an award.

Clayton said she wanted to reiterate there is not a property tax increase as a result of this pool project and no change to the city tax rate to accomplish it.

“I don’t know what effect COVID will have on construction prices. I know it is harder and more expensive to acquire some of the raw materials,” Clayton said.

New to this rebidding process is the fact that it allows for a combination bid of all three parts of the pool project; a contractor can make a single bid on the construction of the pool vessel, the mechanical works and the bathhouse with all-or-nothing terms, however bidders do not have to bid on all three parts, they can bid on just one or two of them or two entities can partner and bid together.

Local Option Sales & Service Tax (LOSST) funding was reported Aug. 17. Clayton said revenue for Emmet County and the city of Estherville increased a bit from what it had been in fiscal year 2020. Clayton said the second quarter increase in Amazon and other online shopping, which brings sales tax back to the jurisdiction from which the purchase originated.

“This locks in place Excel’s pledge to make a significant donation over five years and also Emmet County’s donation is secured,” Clayton said.

In other business, the council appointed Alan Morphew to the public library board, dealt with nuisance properties, approved pay estimates for trail and street improvement projects, approved a commercial building standards variance request for 24 S. Sixth St., approved the 2019-20 Street Finance Report, dealt with abandoned property awarded to the city, considered an ordinance regarding parking during snow events and parking emergencies and approved an updated list of accessible parking spaces designated for use by persons with disabilities.

The next meeting of the Estherville city council is Monday, Sept. 21 at 5 p.m in the council chambers of city hall.