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LP sewer project bid is 25 percent below estimate
April 13, 2018

By Ivan Raconteur

LESTER PRAIRIE – City engineer Josh Eckstein told the Lester Prairie City Council during the meeting April 10, the low bid for the planned sanitary sewer rehabilitation project came in 25 percent less than the engineer’s estimate.

The project involves installing approximately 1,300 linear feet of cure in place pipe (CIPP) to rehabilitate the existing sanitary sewer.

Of the four bids received, the low bidder was Visu-Sewer Inc. of Pewaukee, WI, with a bid of $35,747.

The high bid received was $55,245.

The engineer’s estimate for the project was $47,850.

Because of the favorable low bid, the city was able to add an additional 400-foot segment of sewer line along Juniper Street to the scope of the project for an additional cost of $10,684. The total adjusted project cost of $46,431 is still less than the amount the city budgeted for the work.

The council approved awarding the bid to Visu-Sewer. Work is expected to be done late summer, with a Thursday, Nov. 1 deadline for completion.

Zoning ordinance

The council approved an ordinance regarding planned unit development (PUD) overlay districts.

This is a planing and zoning tool to provide more flexible development within the city without requiring a variance.

Elements that might be considered for flexibility within PUDs include:

• non-standard lot sizes.

• density of housing units.

• broader range of housing types.

• reduced rights-of-way and street widths.

• land use mix.

• setback and building height modifications.

Changes at city hall

The council accepted the resignation of Christine Dammann, assistant city clerk.

Her last day will be Thursday, April 26.

City Clerk Marilyn Pawelk said she and Community Development Coordinator Adam Birkholz would like to discuss whether the assistant clerk position should be changed from part time to full time.

If a change is made, a new job description will be needed.

Pawelk and Birkholz will present a proposal to the council at its Tuesday, May 8 meeting.

Mayor Eric Angvall noted there may be times in the interim when the city office may be closed if Pawelk and Birkholz are unavailable.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• approved plans and specifications for a Maple St. South storm sewer repair and authorized Eckstein to advertise for bids. The bid opening will take place Tuesday, May 1, and the council will consider awarding the project Tuesday, May 8.

• directed staff to research a possible donation policy.

• approved a mower replacement from Arnold’s for $16,893, less a government discount of $1,193 and a trade-in allowance of $11,200, for a net cost of $4,500.

• approved moving its August meeting from Tuesday, Aug. 14 to Thursday, Aug. 16 due to primary election day.

• approved a motion not to allow private wells or septic systems within city limits.

• authorized staff to negotiate a potential cost-sharing arrangement with a developer for additional soil borings prior to taking any further action regarding a proposed development in the third phase of Prairie Ridge. Eckstein noted that even if the proposed project does not move forward, the information will be needed for future development of that area.

• directed Eckstein to put together potential solutions and associated costs related to a residence that has experienced freezing water lines since the city completed a street project. The problem did not exist prior to the project.

• approved hiring two part-time seasonal maintenance workers.

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