2013-05-16 / Top News

Linton Council accepts bid for Water project

The Linton City Council accepted bids for Phase I of the water system improvement project during its regular meeting on May 6.

Randy Pope of Interstate Engineering said the City received five bids for the open-cut procedure, and three bids for the pipe-bursting procedure. Open-cut would consist of digging a trench and installing a new water line next to the existing line. Pipe-bursting consists of digging trenches on each end of the existing line, and inserting a new pipe through the old one. The new pipe would eventually “burst” the old pipe. The service lines would be connected to the new pipe by digging small trenches exclusively where the lines connect.

Pope said the open-cut procedure is cheaper, and would also allow workers to find the service lines. He said the reconstruction of the streets in the project zone is included in the open-cut bids.

Carstensen Contracting, Inc. had the low bid for the open cut procedure with a base bid of $705,554.20, plus alternative 1 ($157,763.40) and alternative 2 ($220,671.50) for a total bid of $1,083.989.10. Anderson & Wood Construction Company, Inc. had the low bid for the pipe bursting procedure with a total bid of $1,172,060.00. Pope recommended that the City accept the base bid plus alternative # 1 from Carstensen Contracting and to authorize the Mayor and Administrator to sign a change order allowing Alternative #2. This would allow for any unforeseen expenses in the project and stay within the budgeted amount.

President Dan Imdieke made a motion to accept the base bid plus alternative #1 from Carstensen Contracting and to authorize the Mayor and Administrator to sign a change order for alternative #2. Alderwoman Tammi Sannes seconded the motion and it carried, 5-0 (Alderman Gary Hulm was not present at the meeting).

Pope said Phase 1 would include a portion of Northwest First Street and then proceed from Northeast Third Street eastward to Northeast Sixth Street. He said the project is scheduled to begin in early June, and should be completed by October 31.

The council also:

•Agreed to repair the City’s garage located on West Sixth Street and SchleyAvenue.Alderman Perry Kimble made a motion to install new siding and shingles on the building, and President Imdieke seconded the motion. The motion carried, 5-0.

• Unanimously approved American Legion Post 54 Gaming sites for the Green Lantern, Happy Hour Bar and the Country Climate. Alderman Kimble made a motion to approve gaming sites, with a second by Alderwoman Shelly Hauge.

• Approved an outdoor advertising permit for Ritz Gallery & Gifts Coffee Shop to erect a sign along U.S. Highway 83 near Schley Avenue on the west side of Linton. Alderman Dennis Morris made a motion to approve the permit under the condition that the City sees the sign on site before final placement to ensure that it will not interfere with the line of sight for traffic. Alderwoman Hauge seconded the motion, and it carried, 5-0.

• Unanimously approved a liquor license transfer from the Happy Hour Bar to the Emmons County Memorial Auditorium for the American Legion Post 54 meeting on May 9.Alderman Kimble made a motion to approve the permit, with a second by Alderwoman Hauge.

• Unanimously approved building permits for Larry and Ramona Humann ($1,800 to repair deck), Mike Jacob ($16,500 to replace roof covering), Edna Keller ($8,000 to replace siding, soffit, fascia and basement windows), Gerald and Karla Gabriel ($30,000 for steel storage building), Willie Ibach ($4,800 for storage shed), Jim Weisser ($35,000 to expand master bedroom), Jeremy and Tiffany Kuntz ($3,000 to install fence), James Plienis ($4,500 to replace windows), Bob Job ($2,500 for gazebo), Richard Ibach ($11,500 for garage addition) and John Pelletier ($1,500 to install fence).Alderwoman Hauge made a motion to approve the permits, with a second by Alderwoman Sannes.

• Scheduled the next regular meeting for Monday, June 3, at 5 p.m.

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