Hearing on 2021 street project tonight

Council to award contract for project

A public hearing concerning the 2021 Second Street reconstruction project will be held Monday night as the City Council of Webster City meets in regular session.

The public can take part in the 6 p.m. meeting virtually by logging onto the Zoom tele-conferencing platform by entering the meeting ID 884 1920 0569 or by viewing the meeting on the City of Webster City’s Facebook page.

The 2021 Second Street project will continue work on the street, focusing on the area just east of Beach Street and continuing west to the bridge on Overpass Drive. The section from Prospect Street west to Beach Street was completed in November 2020.

Three bids have been received for the 2021 project with Rasch Construction Inc. of Fort Dodge turning in the low bid of $3,306,208.00. According to a memo to the council from Public Works Director Ken Wetzler, the project is expected to be completed by Oct. 31.

A second public hearing will be held Monday night on a proposed offer to purchase city-owned property on Broadway Street in Webster City. The property in question is the former 313 Broadway St.. The parcel of land was one of four lots where the city demolished an abandoned or dilapidated house. The property was offered for sale to the highest bidder and one bid was received from Dennis Goodrich for $3,000.

The council will also hear a presentation on the fiber pre-feasibility study by Curtis Dean and Todd Kielkopf of SmartSource Consulting.

The council will consider a request from Larry Flaws, director of recreation and public grounds, on behalf of the Wilson Brewer Historic Park Committee for emergency funding to replace a furnace in the Depot at the park. In a memo to the council, Flaws said the furnaces had been shut off at the Depot due to budgetary concerns.

“We believe that without heating and some sort of climate control that the building and its artifacts are deteriorating at an accelerated rate,” Flaws wrote in the memo. He also said several areas of black mold were noticed on walls and some of the artifacts. Replacement of the equipment could cost in the range of $12,000 to $15,000, according to Flaws. He said the committee plans to apply for a hotel/motel grant to reimburse the city for the funding.

A proposed policy for the closing of streets for events will be reviewed by the Council.


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