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2012 Public Works projects and purchases


Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner

David Morrill, McGhie and Betts, reported to the Chatfield City Council at their July 23 meeting that they had received six bids for the 2012 Water Distribution Improvements. The low bid was from Zenke, Inc. of La Crescent with a bid of $116,261.50. Councilors Josh Thompson and Dave Frank were absent.

Councilor Paul Novotny inquired about an easement. Morrill said he had spoken with the property owner who seemed OK with the concept, but the easement has not been completed. He added that the bid is good for 30 days. Novotny wanted to wait until the easement was in place before awarding the contract and Mayor Don Hainlen agreed. Morrill advised the council to let the contractor know of their intent to move forward while the easement detail was worked out.

Superintendent of City Services Tony Lammers recommended the low quote of $4,195 from B and D Sealcoating to sealcoat the Library parking lot, the parking area around the water tower and the booster station, and the walking path on Hillside Drive. The low quote was accepted by the council.

Lammers explained the city’s locator equipment needs to be replaced as it is old and doesn’t work very well. The cost of new updated equipment will be $3,600 and be expensed from the Water Fund. The purchase of the equipment was approved as recommended by the Public Works Committee.

Lammers described how a handheld GPS device would aid in more precise mapping in utility infrastructure elements including hydrants, water valves, manholes, and catch basins. The coordinates through GPS software result in a map which will be used by public works personnel. Lammers said they wouldn’t need to buy software. The purchase of the device was approved at a cost of less than $600. Over time the public works crew will build a database.

Other Business In Brief

•The quarterly financial report was accepted. Kay Coe noted in her report that the funds and general fund departments are on track for this time of year.

•A public hearing will be held on August 27 for the consideration of the nomination of the Chatfield Center for the Arts property as a Local Heritage Landmark. The Chatfield Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) plans to recommend to the city council that the Center for the Arts receive that designation. The nomination has been submitted to the State Historic Preservation Officer for review. City Clerk Joel Young noted the designation will help the property to qualify for grants. The designation will create a new set of zoning rules for the property. Building permits will have to go through one more step in the process including the HPC.

•Novotny reported that there had been complaints by businesses about Main Street parking. The Public Services Committee is considering going back to no overnight parking on Main Street.

•Young reported on the results of televising sewer lines. Many of the six inch lines are full of root balls. He said it would cost about $1,200 to contract out the work to clear about 1,660 feet of sewer lines. Approval was given to contract the work out.

•Filing for the upcoming election will be from July 31 to August 14. Three council seats and the mayor’s position are up for election.

•Mayor Hainlen said that eight candidates were interviewed for part-time police officers. The hiring of five part-time officers was approved. Three are licensed and can move into service immediately. The part-time officers are called to fill in when there are open shifts.

•Fire Chief Keith Bradt had requested that 10 pagers be purchased for a total cost of $5,250. An application to the DNR for a $2,500 grant has been made for partial reimbursement of the cost. Young noted that the old pagers will not work after the end of this year when the narrowbanding rule goes into effect.

•Summer intern Jordan Boysen reviewed his work and experiences while working for the city for the last couple of months. He said it was a very good experience and thanked the city for having him here.

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