Council covers public works

Ashley Smith · Wednesday, September 27, 2017
West Liberty City Council members continued discussion of the city's public works projects at their September 19 meeting.

A change order for $22,448.40 was approved for the Maxson Street construction project, which will upgrade underground pipes on Maxson east of N. Columbus.

"It does delay the project for the east side of N. Columbus to May," said city engineer Leo Foley. 

"This is adding 21 days to the contract. The intent is to get everything else completed, then complete this in the spring," he said.

According to Foley, about one third of the project's funding has been spent, but the physical progress is already near completion. 

"They'll have from Columbus to N. Calhoun paved very shortly," he said.

Resolutions were also approved for a change order to the waste water treatment plant and a payment for a new transformer. No public opinions were offered regarding water and sewer rate changes as the council held a first reading of the new ordinance.

"The bids for the recycling center will be due Monday morning," said City Manager Lawrence McNaul. "We want contractors to give us a design and a plan, and then we'll put those plans in front of [engineering firm] Veenstra and Kim for their approval."

The council set Halloween trick or treat hours for October 31, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm on the parks and recreation trail, and from 6:00 to 7:00 throughout the city.

"The turnout on the trail has been so good, especially last year," said council member Diane Beranek. "I would like to see us eventually phase out the door to door altogether, because the trail is such a safe environment.

The council also approved an update to the ambulance service agreement, and council member Cara McFerren said she would be available for public discussion on Oct. 21 at West Liberty Foods market.

"Just to be more visible and out in the public, if anyone wants to come down and join me, I'll be there as a listening post from 10 am to noon," said McFerren.
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