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Preston City Council Report: Preston street improvement bids under estimate

Fri, Jun 8th, 2007
Posted in Government

Joe Palen of Bonestroo and Associates announced to the June 4 Preston City Council meeting that there were four bids for the 2007 Street Improvement Project and that the low bid from Rochester Sand and Gravel was 11% under the estimate and $175,000 under the estimate in the feasibility report. The bid was accepted by council members as recommended by Palen. Mayor Kurt Reicks and Jon Haugan were absent.

The project includes work on the Corn Cob Acres area, Valley Street area, and Center Street area. The Main Street portion of the project was bid as an alternate project in case the bids were high. The low bid for the first three areas was $552,490.35 and the Main Street portion was $94,689.75 totaling $647,180.10. The lower than expected bid will allow the whole project to go ahead as planned. Palen suggested that project bids came in lower because of work slow downs caused by the cooling of the new housing market.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman noted that the bid was about $170,000 under the estimate used for bonding.

Public Hearing

Bill Cox, Public Works, described the city's policy for improving sidewalks. Sidewalks are inspected with heaved, cracked, or deteriorated sidewalks being recommended for replacement.

Several residents owning property with sidewalks recommended for replacement in 2007 were present to get an estimate of the amount they would be expected to pay. Sheila Marzolf explained that they can pay in twelve monthly installments in the first year without interest or with their property taxes over several years with interest.

Mark Vander Plas offered to do the work for his own sidewalk if the city would supply the concrete. Hoffman stated that citizens may replace their own sidewalks if they it do to city specifications. However, in the past when the homeowner has done the work, the city has not shared in the cost.

Cox stated that the city has budgeted $5,000 for its share of the sidewalk replacements. The quotes so far were higher than expected. He said that he would like to get another quote. He related that costs may be more than what has been budgeted by the city and that it may be necessary to prioritize to stay within the budget.

Cox asked that the council postpone making a decision until the meeting on the eighteenth.

Tennis Courts

Mayor Pro-tem Heath Mensink suggested that the city is close to working out an agreement with the Fillmore Central School District. Attorney David Joerg's office had sent a copy of a lease agreement to the school district's attorney. Joerg said that the lease agreement presented to the council would not be a final draft as the school district's attorney had a few concerns. The lease agreement sets the terms for the location of the courts on school property with the city being responsible for surveying, construction, installation, and maintenance of the tennis court facility. There are to be two courts with fencing and lights. The city will own the facility and be responsible for liability insurance. The school district will own the land and have the right to use the courts for its physical education program.

Mensink added that this is a "win, win" for everyone. The city puts a $120,000 facility on school district property allowing use by both.

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