The city council awarded over $1.4 million dollars worth of bids for new street and infrastructure improvements at Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting.
The largest, for the 2013 Trunk Sanitary Sewer and Water Main project is set to provide immediate service to proposed new structures on the west side of town, across the Bridge St. bridge and accompanying neighborhoods.
Redwood and Renville Counties have proposed a new joint recycling plant on the west end of town, with a total estimated construction cost of $639,450 for the necessary sanitary sewer and water main improvements in the area.
Of that, the city also approved an agreement with the Redwood/Renville Regional Solid Waste Authority to provide $335,580 as its share of the infrastructure improvement cost.
If all bids come in on schedule by August 20, construction for the project could begin as soon as crops in the area are harvested.
Most of the project is tentatively scheduled to be completed by Dec. 20, 2013, with final completion by June, 2014.
In other city news, the council:
• Approved awarding the 2013 West River Street Infrastructure Improvement project to Kuechle Underground of Kimball.
Kuechle Underground’s bid of $508,684 was eight percent higher than the engineer’s estimate, but three percent below that of the next highest bidder.
Construction on the project is expected to start July 15, with substantial completion by early Oct.
• Approved awarding the 2013 MSA 106 Quality Drive Infrastructure Improvement project to Duininck, Inc., of Prinsburg.
The bid of $264,282 was two percent above the engineer’s estimate, and eight percent below that of the next highest bidder.
The project is set to begin construction on July 22, with a tentative completion date of early October.
• Approved the purchase of a Siemens ARCADIS Varic mobile C-Arm system, a direct digital and real time video imager for a variety of procedures, for $98,182.
• Approved new facility use agreements between the city and the Redwood Falls American Legion, Redwood Falls Redbirds, VFW Post 2553, and the Redwood Area Youth Baseball Association, for the use of the softball and baseball fields in town.
• Approved a $7,870 bid from Country Homes and Landscaping to replace the wood timber restraining wall at the Johnson Park softball field.
• Approved the appointment of Blake Hagert as the city’s new full-time water / wastewater operator.
• Accepted the voluntary resignation of Kelli Berber as administrative assistant / receptionist at city hall.