The Denison City Council last Tuesday took its second-to-last step to wrap up the 2020 street improvement projects.
Council members approved resolutions to accept the engineer’s statement of completion and acceptance of work on the Avenue C/7th Street project and on the North 20th Street project.
The final step will be to make the final payments to the general contractor, Ten Point Construction, of Denison, in 30 days.
The cost of the Avenue C/7th Street project was $918,917.10. A Department of Transportation grant is providing $590,000 toward that project.
City Manager/City Engineer Terry Crawford said the cost of the project came within the budgeted amount, even though the amount of patching done was over the estimate for that portion of the work.
He explained that the last time 7th Street was paved, which was in the early 2000s, no patching was done and the resurfacing didn’t last as long as expected.
“This time we did more patching but we think we have a more permanent project,” Crawford said.
Hipnar Lawn Care, of Denison, a subcontractor on the project, did dormant seeding in the right of way along the project.
Crawford had previously said he wanted to wait until spring to seed, but favorable weather allowed for dormant seeding this fall.
Striping of the Avenue C, 7th Street and North 20th Street will wait until spring until the Public Works Department does striping on all the city streets.
Crosswalk striping was done as part of the general contract.
On North 20th Street, the city decided not to seed the shoulder. Crawford said he wants to put pavement millings or crushed stone on the west shoulder next spring so motorists would have somewhere they can pull off the street if necessary. Traffic cannot pull off on the east side of the street because of the drop-off.
Crawford said the North 20th Street work cost close to the contract amount because seeding was not done. He added that more asphalt was put on the street than specified because of the slopes.
The final cost of the project was $268,336.78.
The city had not planned to pave North 20th Street this year but put the project on a fast track for a bid letting after residents in the area submitted a petition to the city council.
At the time the petition was submitted, Crawford said the city did not have the funds to do the project but soon after learned that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was going to fund the entirety of this year’s work on the airport’s crosswind runway, using money from the CARES Act. The city was able to use what it had budgeted toward the runway work on North 20th Street.
The FAA will, in fact, fund the remaining work to complete the crosswind runway. That work is anticipated to take place in 2021 and 2022, which will give the airport a paved and lighted crosswind runway.
Normally the FAA funds 90% of the project and the city provides 10%.
The Denison City Council took the other following actions last Tuesday.
- Authorized the city attorney to draft an ordinance amendment to make the city’s code on the operation of UTVs consistent with the county’s ordinance, which was recently amended. Mayor Pam Soseman said one of the changes was the hours of operation, which was amended to until 9 p.m. or sundown, whichever is later.
- Approved the appointment of Lisa Hicks to the Denison Community Housing Agency to fill a vacancy created when Tonya Eller went off the board, and approved Tim Stuart to replace Lisa Hicks on the Denison Tourism Board. Mayor Pam Soseman said the housing agency members requested another banker to fill the vacancy, and she had Hicks in mind for the position. Hicks works at Cobalt Credit Union.
- Approved an addendum to the Crawford County Law Enforcement Center agreement. The city has been paying $188.58 per month for its share of the operating expenses. The addendum changes that amount to $179.13 a month.
- Approved a $2,000 contribution to the Region XII Council of Governments (COG) Housing, Inc. for 2022. The housing trust fund is used to assist people in the low-to-moderate-income range in purchasing homes. City Clerk Lisa Koch said the city’s annual contribution has been $2,000 in the past. Documentation provided by COG Housing Inc. showed an investment of $78,003.80 in Denison to assist 12 households from physical year 2014 through physical year 2019 and an investment of $221,890.34 in Crawford County to assist 31 households during the same period. Total investments in Region XII during those years was about $1.52 million to assist 197 households. That amount includes housing development projects. The region includes Audubon, Carroll, Crawford, Green, Guthrie and Sac counties. COG Housing Inc. receives funding annual from the State of Iowa’s Local Housing Trust Fund Program. Those funds require a 25% local match. Boards of supervisors contribute $5,000 annually to the housing trust fund. Banks in the region contribute an average of $5,500 annually toward the program.
- Agreed to enter a contract with J&M Displays, a fireworks company from Yarmouth, to provide a fireworks show on July 3 for $15,200. Besides the $11,480 cost of the shells, the overall price is also composed of $1,600 shooting fee, $600 delivery fee and $1,520 for insurance processing. City Clerk Lisa Koch said that is the same price that the city paid in 2020. She said J&M Displays has been reaching out to its repeat customers to get contracts in place before prices increase in January. The total shot count is 753. The cost of the fireworks show comes from the city’s tourism money.