Council tables action on three items | Muscatine

JIM RUDISILL

WAPELLO — A number of projects, including a sewer lining project, a possible decision on road paving works in the city this summer and the possible clearance of part of Spring Street, were planned by Wapello City Council during its meeting on Thursday.

However, for various reasons, rather than deciding to proceed with any of the proposals, the City Council agreed to defer all measures and put forward all three.

The decision to submit measures on the sewerage project was made after a public consultation.

City Clerk Mike Delzell said a bid opening took place earlier in the day and only one bid was received. According to Delzell, the bid was about four times the estimated cost, which Mayor Shawn Maine later put at around $100,000.

Later in the meeting, Delzell recommended submitting actions that give him time to speak with the project engineer about possible revisions or other project changes.

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Meanwhile, Delzell also reported that he continues to have trouble getting bids for some parts of the road repair work the city plans to do this summer.

Delzell said he received some offers just for sealing, but none for road ripping, rebuilding, and then sealing. Delzell also said he dropped the rebuilding proposal for a section of 6th Street because a camera inspection of a sewer line under that section showed it needed repairs.

Delzell said rebuilding the road should be postponed until the sewer line is repaired, otherwise the planned roadwork would be damaged.

During the discussion of the roadwork, Councilor Brett Shafer offered his views on road rehabilitation.

“Personally, I want to see asphalt and not spend a dime on a seal,” he said.

After Councilor Charles Wagg Shafer agreed, Maine said asphalt should be considered for the city’s major thoroughfares, but suggested some lesser-traveled roads could probably still be sealed.

Fire Chief Damon Moore also suggested the city investigate the process Louisa County officials used on K Avenue a few years ago. Officials acknowledged that this process, which involved incorporating steel slag as an aggregate into a hot mix of asphalt, appeared to have worked well on that pavement.

The Council is expected to continue the discussion at its next meeting.

The council also submitted action to clear a section of Spring Street. Officials said a neighboring landowner wanted to purchase the municipal land as land to build a garage.

Some of the city officials indicated that they would not advocate the sale of city property.

Maine said he will speak with the interested owner to determine how much acreage he would like to purchase.

Finally, the council approved a tax break for T&S Investments and another for Jeffery Scott and Tracy Sue Jones.

The council also approved a transfer of $7,675 from the Water and Sanitation Fund to the Debt Service to cover a general obligation bail payment.

A cigarette/tobacco permit for Family Dollar’s new business was also approved by the council.

In its report to the council, Maine said brick repair work is progressing on three downtown buildings owned by Dean Jensen, Letts. Maine said he will ask Jensen to attend a future city council meeting to brief city officials on his future plans for the buildings.

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