The 2013 street improvement plan was approved Monday night by the City Council of Webster City with some good news about the cost of the project and the materials to be used.
"This is this year's street project," said City Manager Ed Sadler. "It is a continuation of the Sunset Street and one block of Pleasant Street from Seneca to Superior."
The project consists of resurfacing, infrastructure and curb and gutter improvements for Sunset Street starting at Nancy Lane and proceeding south on Sunset through the intersections of Kathy Lane, Webster Street and Betsy Lane to Ohio Street. The Pleasant Street portion of the project would include resurfacing and replacement of deteriorated curb and gutter. The project also included seal coating for the 800 and 900 blocks of Cedar Street.
"Just so you know, this was originally drawn up to be an asphalting project," Sadler said, referring to the Sunset and Pleasant streets portion of the project. He said the city was contacted by a representative of a concrete association who asked if the project could be bid out as concrete as an option. As a result, 14 prospective bidders submitted bids.
"And the concrete bids came in lower than the asphalt," he said. "You're going to get concrete streets on both of these projects at a cost less than the asphalt was bid. That will give a whole lot more longevity."
Funding for the project will come from the Local Option Sales and Service Tax. Originally, the costs for the project were estimated to be about $492,367 for the three portions of the project. However, the City Council approved the concrete-based bid from Allied Manatts Group LLC., Charles City, for $330,803.53.
"That's really good news," said Councilman Jerry Kloberdanz.
Once the council awarded the contract, Sadler said he felt, with the savings, the city could likely include the remainder of Pleasant Street in the project.
"You saved enough money that we will be having a conversation with the contractor about finishing Pleasant Street. We are hopeful we can get it all done this year, and not have to come back to the neighborhood and stir up things again,"?Sadler said.
"It worked out really well for us,"?he said.