Gladbrook City Council By Marcy Knaack
October 18, 2012
Monday evening the Gladbrook City Council accepted the bid of $21,917.00 from S L Baumeier for curb and gutter improvements on the west side of Gould Street. In addition there will be a $3,000 engineering fee to Clapsaddle-Garber Associates. The property owners will pay $9,800 of the cost and the city’s share will be $14,997. Engineer Mike Bearden of CGA said there are still a couple minor things to do with the water main project, one being the timer on the lights at the water tower. He said the project would be accepted at the November meeting. Three claims to CGA were removed from the consent agenda and approved under new business. One was for $1,650 for utility mapping; another for $600 for the curb and gutter project on Gould Street and the 3rd for $630 for final design-improvement plans and construction services on the water project. Public Works Director Mark Lowry visited with John Feltz about the east brick wall of the library and what improvements could be made. Feltz said tuck pointing would be very costly and said covering the east wall with steel would be the best way to go. The Council adopted Resolution 13-16, City Street Financial Report. As of July 1, 2011, the beginning balance was $52,106 with total revenues for the year of $157,357. Total expenses this past year were $139,704, leaving a balance on June 30, 2012 of $69,759. John Clausen reported on Trees Forever. A grant had been received from Alliant Energy for 2012as well as money from local contributors. Clausen told how many and what kind of trees had been planted this past year. He said Trees Forever will apply for another grant in 2013 and with money received; they hope to plant some trees along the east side of Gould Street. City Clerk Lori Bearden will send a letter of support for $250 the city had budgeted. It was discussed where to hang the plaques Clausen and Trees Forever had received and they will be hung in the hallway at the City Center. A city wide cleanup will be held October 17th and 18th. Watch the paper for more details. The first reading of Golf Cart Operator Ordinance was read and approved. Additional speed limit signs will be ordered to be posted on Main Street. The speed limit is 20 mph. Lowry said he hopes to flush water mains yet this month. He said there had been issues at the lift station this weekend as when he went to read the meters Monday AM, he found they hadn’t been running since sometime on Saturday. He said the issue was resolved during the day. Lori Bearden said she is proceeding with Simmering and Cory to get codification done and to get the code book statutorily correct.
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