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GLENWOOD CITY—The bids for improvements at the City’s Wastewater Treatment Facility along County Highway G between Glenwood City and Downing were opened and presented to the City Council Monday evening.
Kevin Oium of Cedar Corporation addressed the Council with bid results of the project. He stated that they had 12 contractors take out bid forms, but only received bids from three of those contractors.
Bids ranged from $1,863,150 to $2,458,300 including three alternates on the bid. Most of the work involves upgrades to the retention ponds, sludge removal, new blowers and piping with the three alternates. The alternates include riprap, residing the blower building and installing a permanent generator.
The low bid that was accepted by the council was from August Winter & Sons of Appleton, Wisconsin. Their base bid was for $1,712,650 plus $108,000 for riprap, $42,000 for the generator and $500 for new siding of the blower building. One of the higher bidders had a price of $39,000 to reside the blower building and $421,000 for the riprap.
Oium informed the council that with a contingency figure and engineering the total cost could run to $2.2 million dollars. The city has already received a Community Development Grant in the amount of $500,000, plus they are eligible for principal reduction grants, which may run about $700,000.
The Village of Downing also uses the treatment facility and they have been sharing the cost of running the plant with a 17 percent share. What the Village of Downing’s cost for the upgrades has not yet been determined. Mayor John Larson mentioned that the interest rate on the money is one to one and a half percent.
Oium was questioned about the start time for construction and noted that it would be as soon as the weather allows. Cedar Corporation has secured farmlands to apply the dredged sludge that is taken from the bottom of the lagoons at the treatment facility.
In other council matters they discussed the city’s purchase of the old school house along East Oak Street. Dr. Vicki Wilke noted that she was there representing the Chamber and indicated that they are interested in looking at the structure and maybe using it as rental office space and suggested that city could have their offices in that old building.
Mayor Larson noted that, “We have open fronts on Main Street now.” He also suggested that the cost of remodeling the old school would be prohibited, but he stated, “We are open to all suggestions.” The council also discussed about applying for grants to clean up the site before demolishment could be done.
The council learned from Public Works Director David Caress that the ice buildup from the roof at the Community Center fell and broke one of the windows. They also approved the purchase of a needed fluoride meter for the wastewater treatment plant at a cost of $2,500.
The Council, on a three to two vote approved a Golf Cart Ordinance that would allow the use of those carts on city streets with an annual permit from the City. He learned that they are not allowed to drive on state highways and the permit requires them to be insured and to be driven only by licensed drivers.
The council approved donating $100 for the post prom party and granted an operator’s license to Michael J. Buhr.