University curb and gutter project more costly than anticipated

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX  —  The estimated price for replacing 2,068 linear feet of curb and gutter along University Avenue turned out to be much higher than expected at approximately $100,000.

The village could replace only the truly bad sections of curb and gutter along University Avenue and then use the rest of the money to “do something else to a street,” said Lynn Niggemann, village administrator-clerk-treasurer, at the Colfax Village Board’s August 13 meeting.

People will not notice the replaced curb and gutter, “but they will see a street,” said Gary Stene, village president.

The work could still be done this year, although the end of October would be the limit for pouring concrete, he said.

Rand Bates, director of public works, recommended waiting until spring to do the work.

“The price will be better then,” he said, adding contractors do not need the work now.

The contractors would fit the project in this fall if the village insisted, “but they will charge for it,” Bates said.

Waiting one more winter to do the repairs will not affect the curb and gutter that much, he said.

Village Trustee Carey Davis said he thought it would be a better idea to put the repair into the 2019 budget and “wait for spring.”

Waiting until next year would allow the village to advertise for bids in the spring before the contractors get busy, Bates said.

If the bids were received in February or March, then the work could be done in April or early May, he said.

Through budgeting, the village could perhaps double the amount of curb and gutter that could be replaced, Bates said.

The Colfax Village Board unanimously approved a motion to put the University Avenue curb and gutter project on hold until after January 1.

Boiler repair

The Colfax Village Board also approved a repair for the lift station boiler at a cost not to exceed $1,200.

The problem with the boiler started a year ago, Bates said.

During the winter, the public works department used an electric heater at the lift station, and Niggemann said she had done a price comparison.

From January to April, the cost of heating the lift station with an electric heater was nearly $2,500, so the cost for using the electric heater all year would be about $5,000, she said.

Doing the repair to the boiler would be more beneficial than heating with electricity, Bates and Niggemann said.

The boiler repair will require $1,006 in parts plus $85 an hour for two hours of labor.

The Colfax Village Board unanimously approved moving forward with the boiler repair at a cost not to exceed $1,200.

Other business

In other business, the Colfax Village Board:

• Waived the rental fee for the FFA Arts & Crafts building at the Colfax Fairgrounds for the 22ers 4-H club for August 16 through August 19 for the 22ers thrift sale.

• Approved a facility rental for the beer garden at the Colfax Fairgrounds for Katlyn Stokke for September 9 through September 14 for the Knutson/Stokke wedding.

• Approved a bartender operator’s license for Emily Sedahl (The Blind Tiger) until June 30, 2019.

• Approved a bartender operator’s license for Elizabeth Harshman (The Blind Tiger) until June 30, 2019.

• Approved a bartender operator’s license for Robin Thompson (Synergy Cooperative) until June 30, 2019. 

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