City council approves two road work contracts, reviews manhole rehab bid

City council approves two road work contracts, reviews manhole rehab bid
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It’s that time of year again – construction and road work season.

On Monday, the Spencer City Council approved contracts for two upcoming street projects and reviewed a bid for a manhole rehabilitation project.

The latter was the first discussed at the council’s meeting. Council members approved a $61,300 contract with Dependable Drain and Plumbing from Clinton and a performance bond for the work.

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Ross McWhirther with Kruse, Cate and Nelson told the council the project will take place on the east side of town.

“It kind of starts down at the wastewater treatment plan and goes north pretty much until we run out of budget,” McWhirther said. He later added he believes the work should go north of Fourth Street but not up to 18th Street.

The work will repair concrete deterioration that’s occurred over the years. McWhirther said the lining should have a life of 20 years.


“So what the contractor will do is they’ll go in, get rid of that deteriorated material and then put a concrete spray lining on,” McWhirther said. “We’re really just rehabbing the old system before it completely fails.”

The council voted 6-0 to approve the contract and performance bond. Ward 4 Councilwoman Leann Jacobsen was absent.

$664,000 PCC paving project contract approved

Next was the unanimous approval of a $663,921 contract with DeLoss Construction of Spencer and performance and/or payment bonds for the 2019 PCC paving project.

DeLoss was awarded the bid at the council’s May 6 meeting.

Ward 5 Councilman Ron Hanson on Monday said he wanted to “commend” DeLoss Construction “for the fine job they do for the city.”

“I’m just happy to see a local contractor,” he said. “We were just down to Sioux City on Saturday and some of their council were talking about how they’re having a tough time getting enough contractors to bid these projects.”


City working to lower cost of annual seal coat project

The council also awarded a $55,060 contract to Blacktop Service Company out of Humboldt for the 2019 seal coat project.

“They did the project last year,” McWhirther said. “They’ve done several projects in the past. They do good work.”

The council voted 6-0.

According to an agenda item memo, the project is in the city’s capital improvement plan for an amount not to exceed $50,000 for construction and $55,000 including engineering.

As it stands, the project budget would not exceed $62,000, the memo states.

Discussions are taking place to bring the costs down, including engineering. However, if costs still exceeds the budget, the memo states staff supports “moving forward.” Reserves would be used in that case.


Only one bid was submitted for the project this year. McWhirther said contractors may have had full schedules already and that’s why the project only received one bid.


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