By Beth Bily
The city of LaPrairie awarded the Walter Avenue/Spruce Street project after bid numbers were announced at Monday’s city council meeting..
City Engineer Glen Hodgson told the council that the city received one bid for the project, which includes a 1.5-inch bituminous overlay on both streets - Spruce St. from Voges Ave. to Walter Ave. and on Walter Ave. from TH 2 to Pleasant St. - along with pavement patching and crack milling work. Existing culverts also would be replaced.
The lone bidder was Hawkinson Construction, which bid $163,394 - higher than Hodgson’s original estimate of about $153,000.
“Given the size of the project the 8 percent doesn’t bother me particularly,” said Hodgson, who noted the cost was an estimate and the city might be able to trim that figure.
Earlier in the meeting, Clerk Marilyn Carlson announced that the filing period for city elections would open July 29 and end on Aug. 12. The mayor’s seat and two council positions will be on the ballot this fall. Councilor Margie Ritter, whose seat is up for election, announced that she would not seek another term.
In other business, the council:
• Approved the minutes of the July 7 regular council meeting.
• Noted that the annual city picnic will take place on Aug. 5.
• Approved a final report prepared by Hodgson on the LaPrairie Avenue Water Main Project to be submitted to the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation agency. IRRRB provided $250,000 in grant funding toward the project and requires final reports for its infrastructure grant projects.
• Tabled proposed city credit card policy recommendations and instead referred the matter to the city’s personnel committee.
• Approved the public engagement survey.
• Set the date for the city’s first 2015 budget session for Aug. 18, following the regular council meeting.
• Discussed ICTV’s request for the city to provide input regarding its services.