Guttenberg City council awards $1.1 million Acre Street contract

The Guttenberg city council, meeting in special session on March 17, awarded a $1.1 million contract for the 2014 Acre Street renovation project. Low bidder was Eastern Iowa Excavating and Concrete of Cascade.  

Steve Friedlein served as mayor pro-tem in the absence of Mayor Russ Loven. Councilmembers present were Virginia Saeugling, Fred Schaub, Dave Schlueter and Jane Parker, along with City Manager Mary Willett and City Attorney Michael Schuster

At the public hearing that preceded the contract award, comments were received on the merits of concrete versus asphalt surfacing. Proponents of concrete said that though the initial cost of concrete would be higher, asphalt would have higher maintenance costs in the long-term. After bids were adjusted to reflect an error in bid specs regarding the cul de sac at the south end of the street, the cost of concrete was approximately $167,390  more than asphalt. The council chose concrete and accepted the EIA low bid of $1,126,230.10. Discussion followed on sewer and water main extensions and storm water run-off in the project area.

Jim Bousley. with IIW Engineers, said that contract specifications call for completion within 180 consecutive calendar days, including clean-up and re-seeding. Traffic will be reduced to one-lane during the project. "It will be real important that the public is aware how it's going to be staged and their role in it," he said.

In February the council approved the issuance of general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $1,350,000 to finance the street improvements and to purchase a new fire department vehicle.

Care Center project

The renovation of Acre Street this summer will coincide with a major construction project at Guttenberg Care Center. 

City officials, landscape architects, engineers and GCC representatives have met to iron out various issues. City Manager Willett told the council she was pleased with the final plans. "It was a great group effort," she said. 

The council approved the GCC water, sewer, storm water and site plan as well as  a cost share agreement whereby GCC will pay the city $20,000 toward sewer, water line and hydrant construction costs. 

 Culvert replacement

The council okayed the hiring of IIW, P.C. as the consultant for culvert replacement following flood damage that occurred last fall from a culvert coming off the north hill to the Great River Road/Koscsko Street. The City of Guttenberg will pay 20% of the cost with the remainder coming from DOT and FHA.

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