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Jenkins council seeks more bids on street repair

A 2012 proposal for a streets proposal from Widseth Smith & Nolting (WSN) engineering firm was brought back to the Jenkins City Council on Sept. 9, according to draft minutes.

When the proposal was originally reviewed following budget discussions in 2012, it was suggested that it be discussed again in 2013. City Engineer Dave Reese said the estimated cost has not changed since that time. City Clerk Krista Okerman said the study would help the city to budget in the future and could be used as a planning tool.

Resident Ed Roberts asked if the study could be conducted by Anderson Brothers, because he felt the WSN price was too high. Resident Billy Johnson agreed.

Jenkins Mayor Jon Lubke said the city was looking for more extensive reports. He told the residents that the council had no expertise in roads so the study was necessary. Johnson said he was uncomfortable with spending $10,000 in engineering fees because the city might find it didn’t have the funds to complete any projects. He said that cost should go toward the project.

Lubke said the city did not have the knowledge necessary to determine the conditions of the roads and the degree of work needed. He reiterated that the council had no expertise in road construction.

Harriet Roberts said the council should know what roads in the city need to be repaired. Roberts said the council needed to prioritize road work.

City planning and zoning chair Cindy Stiller asked what the cost of the study would be compared to doing all city road repairs at the same time. Lubke said the city received a bid of $70,000 for repairs to Norway Road years prior.

Stiller said knowledge was valuable and the city needs a plan.

With only council member Bill Ellis voting no, the council agreed to seek an additional bids for a street inventory proposal.

In other business Sept. 9, the council:

• Received thanks from Arlean Rosemore of Quilts for Kids, a group that makes quilts to distribute to kids at the scenes of accidents or in crisis. The quilters use city hall. Some quilts also go to Afghanistan, Africa and other countries, but local kids receive priority.

• Unanimously approved a bid from Swenson Aggregate for $1,550 for the replacement of a culvert on 12th Avenue South, on the condition that Class 5 be used for the project. Otherwise Lubke was given authority to decide between the two companies that placed a bid.

• Unanimously approved a quote by Anderson Brothers for crack sealing and street repair at $1,400 for Ackerman Trail, $350 for Darlene Drive and for 20 tons of Class 2 gravel at $175.

• Received a draft agreement for the city to share the cost of maintenance for 12th Avenue Southwest (in Wilson Township) as per a mutual aid agreement. The agreement will be presented to the Wilson Township Board for review.

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