The Centerville City Council Monday night approved a resolution awarding the contract for phase one of the Safe Routes to School sidewalk project to Jasper Construction Services Inc. out of Newton in the amount of $348,188.75.
The Iowa Department of Transportation conducted the bid letting and passed on the lowest bid to the city for approval, Nancy Huisman, with Hall Engineering, told the council.
“They basically sent the contract to the city who has the option to accept the bid or reject the bid,” Huisman said. “And it would be my recommendation that the council accept the bid.”
Patrick Antonen, city administrator, said Jasper’s bid was about 20 percent lower then the next bid.
“It’s well the low bid by a long ways,” Antonen said, adding three bids were received.
Safe Routes to School is a nearly mile-long, six-foot wide concrete sidewalk on the west side of South Main Street from Cottage Street to Liberty Street (excluding the sidewalk in front of the YMCA). Six-foot wide sidewalk will also be constructed on the south side of Francis from South Main Street to the existing sidewalk leading to Lakeview School, on the south side Cottage Street from South Main Street to the entrance of Lakeview School and on the north side of Terry Street from South Main Street to South 11th Street.
Huisman said the purpose of the sidewalk is to provide students a safe way to walk or bike to school.
“Approximately 4,360 feet (0.83 miles) of sidewalk will be constructed and 30 pedestrian curb ramps will be installed to meet ADA compliance requirements,” Huisman said.
Jasper Construction, if they decide, can start the project on June 1, 2014, also known as the late start date. If they do, they will only have 90 days to finish the sidewalk project.
The council approved a request made by the Centerville Municipal Waterworks to send 27 inactive delinquent water and sewer accounts totaling $6,347.59 to collection. The city has to approve the sewer portion of the water bill that is under it’s control.
The council approved a resolution to compensate waterworks board of trustees $30 per meeting paid quarterly. The board typically meets once a month.
The council had to formalize trustee compensation to make it correct. Apparently, the water board set it owns compensation, which was done incorrectly.
Councilman Rob Lind made the motion to pay the trustees $30 per meeting, citing it as fair compensation for their time. Board members have to fill out proper paper work at City Hall in order to be paid.
The council approved city employee health insurance renewal with Tristar Benefits apparently at no increased cost.
What will increase city employee health costs, Antonen said, is Obamacare. Antonen said the city can expect to pay a $5 surcharge per person, per month, per plan covered by the city with the money going to Obamacare mandated research.
“It’s a mandatory thing,” Antonen said. “It’s the only increase we have. There’s nothing we can do about that one.”
The council approved a resolution to pay Nicole Evans, police dispatcher, $16.16 per hour as a full-time employee. Evans will replace Susan Hopkins Dec. 16.
Danny Moore, the owner of South Side Cellar in Centerville, was on the agenda requesting the council approve a liquor license for his bar business. The item was tabled by the council until their next meeting.
Monday’s council meeting adjourned at 6:03 p.m. The next Centerville City Council meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16 at City Hall.