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December 4, 2013

Council awards contract

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.

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