Monona Council awards contract for North Page Street improvements

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The Monona Council, at its Dec. 16 meeting, approved the final plans, specifications, cost estimate and form of contract for the city’s North Page Street Improvement Project, and awarded the contract for the work to Bacon Concrete, LLC.

The Postville-based company will complete street improvements from the intersection of West Center and Page streets north to the railroad tracks. Plans include replacing the street surface, adjacent sidewalks, property drive-in entrances and all curb and gutter with Portland Concrete Cement. Water main replacement, storm water drainage improvements and sanitary sewer manhole structure upgrades will also be included in the project.

Bacon Concrete’s bid came in at $419,620.87, slightly below the $419,717.75 cost estimated by city engineer Jon Biederman, with Fehr Graham. 

This amount, however, is not the entire project cost. New street lighting in the area, in addition to bond counsel fees, will bring the total to an estimated $535,000.

According to city administrator Dan Canton, who was presiding over his final meeting before retirement, said the city will utilize tax increment financing (TIF) property tax revenue to service the debt, but will need to eventually decide whether to secure a traditional loan with a local bank or issue and sell General Obligation Series 2020 Corporate Purpose Bonds to finance the project.

The North Page Street Improvement Project must be completed no later than Sept. 18, next fall.

Council considers potential remedies for storm water issues

The council considered several options proposed by Veenstra and Kimm engineer Forrest Aldrich to deal with the ongoing inflow and infiltration (I&I) of storm water into Monona’s public sanitary sewer collection system. Members opted to move forward with investigating private sanitary sewer connections in the southeast and northeast quadrants of Monona’s sewer drainage collection system. They also advised Aldrich to investigate ways to increase the size of the city’s wastewater treatment plant, comparing the cost of that work to constructing a new facility with both a larger capacity and larger pumping system.

This activity plan for addressing the I&I and bypassing issues, as well as a two-year flow data report from the three lift stations and wastewater treatment plant, must be submitted to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources by Feb. 1.

MCED appropriation stays the same

Following a quarterly report and budget proposal from Monona Chamber and Economic Development, Inc. (MCED), Executive Director Rogeta Halvorson and Board President Linda Knockel, the council unanimously agreed to appropriate $12,000 to MCED for the 2020 calendar year. The amount is the same contributed by the city this year.

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