Special Gladbrook City Council By Marcy Knaack
April 4, 2014
Wednesday evening the Gladbrook City Council met in special session for the fire/ambulance building project construction bid tabulation and discussion. They had received seven bids and they ranged from $882,832. to $1,255,000. Bid opening had taken place on March 18th. Ament Design had put together bid tabulation and of the seven bids, Larsen Construction of Independence, IA was the low bidder at $882,832. Ament Design recommended that the City of Gladbrook accept this base bid along with Alternate 3 with a savings of $64,500 for overhead radiant heat rather than in-floor heat and Alternate 5 for an additional cost of $1,500 to increase footing concrete and reduce excavation. This resulted in an initial total contract amount of $819,832. Engineer Mike Bearden said the current funds are $830,000. The Gladbrook-Lincoln Ambulance has committed $100,000 to the project with three stipulations: there will be a sign above the door of the building that says Gladbrook-Lincoln EMS, getting the cats off Main Street and a business area cleaned up on main. The Council took no action on this matter but will discuss further at their April 14th meeting. Public Works Director told the Council about a seminar he attended on the Emerald Ash Borer. Yes, it is getting closer and currently is in Waterloo. The State of Iowa is under quarantine and no wood can be transported out or in the state without being inspected. Lowry said they were told it will be a financial hit to cities if they remove all their ash trees but were advised not to do so right away. The bug only travels 2 -3 miles a year but get transplanted by wood moved around. The Emerald Ash Borer will attack diseased or damaged trees first. Cities were encouraged to adopt a resolution informing residents what species of trees to plant and where. The City will be evaluating the ash trees in town to see which ones need to come down first. Lowry had a cost on what it would cost to replace the lighting outside the City Centre with LED bulbs. The lights alone would cost approximately $1,500 and he was told to get bids on installation.
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