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City awards $722,000 road work contract

WORTHINGTON - The city awarded the contract for improvements to 10th Street and 1st Avenue Southwest during Wednesday night's regular city council meeting.

The project had only one bid, according to city engineer Dwayne Haffield.

"The bid is very close to the engineer's estimate," Haffield said. "And it is the type of project we didn't expect to see a lot of bidding on."

The project was awarded to McLaughlin and Schulz, Inc., based out of Marshall. The total project amount was $721,995.93.

Council member Mike Kuhle asked about the work in front of Prairie Elementary.

"Specifications are written around that and we have had communication with the school on this," Haffield said. "There will be access from either the northeast of the southwest."

There was also inquiries about retailers downtown.

"It's going to be for a short period of time," Haffield said. "What we've told the chamber and what we intend to do now that we have a contractor, we can get a schedule and get more specific about when they might really show up."

Haffield explained the contractor should be in and out in a week, outside of the pedestrian ramps. There is also no work allowed during Crazy Days and the International Festival.

The meeting began with Wayne Drealan of Turbes, Drealan, Kvilhaug, Hoefker & Co. presenting the 2012 comprehensive annual financial report.

During that report, Drealan explained the city had an eight percent increase in assets from a year ago. He also said the financial state of the city was good.

In other news, the council had the first reading of the franchise renewal to Knology of the Plains within the city of Worthington.

The council also agreed to move forward with plans for the 2013 bituminous overlay project for Fox Farm road. Haffield said the bids are to be received at 2 p.m. on July 8 and will be considered at the council meeting that night.

Also in the engineering department, the council approved a temporary access agreement for TruShine Truck Wash from the intersection of Cecilee Street and Pauline Avenue.

Council member Scott Nelson expressed concern about the traffic at the detour, saying it takes 45 minutes to an hour to travel a mile.

"My understanding is we don't have any say in it," Council member Diane Graber said in regards to the traffic flow.

City staff agreed to look into it to see if there was a better way to monitor the intersections.

The council also approved an amendment to the Lake Shore Park Planned Unit Development by adding 12 square feet to the allowed decks on the propertied. The request was submitted by council member Ron Wood, who was absent from the meeting.

Loan deferment extension was granted to Living Life Adult Day Center for two months. The facility is working toward gaining the daily clientele to a point where it can break even on a monthly basis. Director of Community and Economic Development Brad Chapulis explained there was no local tax dollars in the loan.

The council approved a change in the furniture, fixtures and equipment for the Event Center, which raised the total contract by $7,948.67. However, Chapulis explained the project was still under budget.

Community Content Coordinator Aaron Hagen can be reached at 376-7323.