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Rushford City Council Report: Blitz Construction wins bid

Fri, Sep 29th, 2006
Posted in Government

Blitz-a concentrated effort, an intensive campaign. Hoping the company's name, Blitz Construction, will hold true, the Rushford City Council awarded the bid for the 2006 Rushford Municipal Improvements to low bidder Blitz Construction of Stewartville. Although the company has only been in business two years, the three partners each come with over twenty years experience in the field. With an emphasis on quality work, the two and a half crew company will tackle the four projects for the city yet this fall. Blitz intends to perform all the work except for subcontracting the blacktopping.

First on the work list is the construction of underground utilities and street for Larson Lane in the Industrial Park to serve a new building. Following that will be construction of a sanitary sewer manhole at the intersection of Grove and Green Streets in Brooklyn and the construction of a force-main from the existing Ballfield Lift Station to Winona Street on the north end of town. The final project of the year, providing the weather cooperates, will be the reconstruction of a water main on East Harry Street in Jerusalem.

The council opted to put the Harry Street last because they wanted to make sure the residents of the area didn't have to go through winter with their streets torn up as they did in the previous year. If winter comes early, the project will be postponed until spring.

City engineer Dean Otomo, Blitz Construction, and City Administrator Windy Block intend to hurry the contract paperwork along in an effort to begin as soon as possible. The bid specifications stated "on or before October 15th" for the start date.

Wheel loader purchase

On the advice of PWD Jeff Copley, the council decided to purchase a Case 621D wheel loader with a five-year extended warranty. In the past the loader, used primarily for snow removal and averaging 500 hours use each year, was traded in and replaced every two years; the council, however, felt it would be more economical to keep the loader longer. The low bid loader price with the extended warranty was $16,602.

Electric concerns

While City Attorney Terry Chiglo has prepared a draft Franchise Fee document for use with alternate electric providers to customers in the city limits, the city may not ultimately opt to use it. The franchise fee would be an increase in the cost of business and would cause those customers to regard the city badly. An alternative, buying out the other suppliers could require the city to compensate those suppliers for lost business. Block mentioned that, in the end, the best option might be to do nothing about the situation and leave it as is.

The council approved entering into a contract with SEMCAC for 2006 services and allocated $4,000 to be spent on low-income individuals. The Conservation Improvement Program (CIP) requires 1.5 percent of gross operating revenue be spent on conservation expenditures.

Another program planned by the electric commission is a one-for-one replacement of standard incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs at no cost to customers. A supplier is being sought before the program will be put in place.

Other business

In other business, the council:

• heard the EDA will work with PlastiComp to find private sector help to secure the east TRW building; if none is found they will look for a mix of public and private financing (Block noted there have been other parties interested in the building as well);

• learned the airport commission was looking for alternate ways to control the prolific gopher population at the airport-with 900 mounds, the suggested $8 a site gopher blasting proved too costly for the budget;

• heard MediaCom had reinstalled old equipment for local channel origination and was checking to see what equipment was needed to enable the school to broadcast games; after the equipment is upgraded, city attorney Chiglo will proceed with the franchise with MediaCom.

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