Alley paving project launched

An alley paving job that will support the construction of a planned Dollar General store in Webster City was launched by the City Council on Monday.

The proposed store would be on a vacant lot along Prospect Street just north of Second Street. The alley runs along the south side of the property.

On Monday, the council unanimosuly approved a cost-sharing agreement with One Site Development LLC, of Cedar Falls, which has proposed the new store. Under the terms of that deal, the city government and the company will each pay 50 percent of the cost of repaving the alley.

Then the council hired Fort Dodge Asphalt Co. to repave the alley at a cost of $11,194.95.

The 8,550 square foot store is projected to open in the spring of 2019.

In other business Monday, the council hired Jones Rock and Dirt, of Webster City, to demolish three buildings at a cost of $23,500.

Those buildings are the former hotel at 1203 E. Second St. that was the site of firefighter training last month, a fire-damaged house at 1118 John St. and a badly deteriorated house at 1513 River St. that the City Council purchased last month.

The buildings are to be demolished by June 15.

Habhab Construction, of Webster City, submitted the only other bid of $37,182.

Also on Monday, the council purchased a 2018 Ford Escape for the Public Works Department from Stivers Ford of Waukee for $20,850.

Webster City Auto submitted a $23,876 bid for a similiar Chevrolet vehicle.

Webster City has a local purchasing preference rule that allows the council to accept a bid from a local vendor if its price is with 5 percent of the low bid.

City manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez said the Webster City Auto bid is 13 percent higher than the low bid.

Councilman Brian Miller said Webster City businesses are aware of the local purchasing preference rule.

”They know that and they still can’t get there,” he said.

The Ford Escape will be used by workers inspecting construction projects. It will also be used by employees traveling to training sessions.