Construction of Toledo's new $3 million water treatment plant is expected to be underway by mid-July. That was the word to the Toledo City Council Monday night, June 9, from Kelly Scott, Snyder and Associates engineer for the project.
Plans call for the plant to be built just west of the current treatment plant site near West Carleton and South County Road (U.S. Highway 63). This all is city property located on the south half of the block occupied by the Toledo Fire Department and Emergency Services building.
Council members approved a contract on Monday night with the Snyder engineering firm for construction administration for the water treatment facility at a cost totaling $90,000 along with construction staking at a cost of $7,000.
Exterior of the current Toledo Water Treatment Plant built in the 1960s with an addition in the 1980s. It is scheduled for replacement at a cost of $3 million.
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In addition, Snyder and Associates will provide construction observation on an average of three days a week at a cost to not exceed $128,000. The agreements were approved on 4-0 votes with council members Jeff Filloon, Brian Sokol, Travis Mullen and Joe Boll voting in favor. Member Terry Goodhart was absent.
Scott said she expects the observation charges to be less than the maximum as was the case on the recently constructed Toledo Waste Water Treatment Plant.
Kleiman Construction, Inc., Cedar Rapids, is the general contractor for the work. The firm's bid totaling $2,984,524 was accepted by the council on May 12. the bid was the lowest of four bids received.
The present water treatment plant was built in the 1960s with an addition in the 1980s and was found past due for replacement in a study by Dave Stoklasa, also of Snyder and Associates.
Garrett Schissel, Ankeny, was hired as a Water Operator II. He will be paid $19.84 hourly beginning with fiscal year 2014-15 on July 1.
The resignation of Police Patrol Officer Dereck Fangman was accepted. In a letter to Police Chief Bob Kendall Fangman stated he was resigning for personal reasons.
Council members went into closed session to consider the police opening. When they returned to open session they voted to conduct interviews from applicants for police openings received over the past year.
House to be Torn Down
Despite an appeal from property owner Joe Lux, council members stood by their earlier decision to continue with proceedings to demolish a two-story frame house located in the 500 block of South Church Street. When questioned by Lux, City Attorney Mike Marquess said the council was abating a nuisance.
Lux contended he had sought a grant to repair the home but was recently turned down and was still seeking assistance to help with repairs. He offered to paint the house within 90 days including the awnings if the action were delayed.
City officials maintained they had worked with him for some two years and had not been successful in getting the property improved and declined to change the demolition order.
In other business Monday the council:
tabled until the June 23 a meeting with a consultant on joining with the City of Tama in banning those convicted of a crime on city property from the Tama-Toledo Family Aquactic Center. The Tama City Council recently enacted this procedure as the result of incidents at the new Tama Skateboard Park. The Aquatic Center is jointly owned by the two cities.
met wit Sue Micllef, a business building owner, who is heading an effort for downtown revitalization. The council and Micllef agreed to join with Toledo Economic Development concerning her efforts. Micllef also told of welcome packets which have been prepared for new employees of Iowa Premium Beef which is reopening the former Tama Pack and expects to employ some 600 workers.
learned from Jake Jacobsen, independent Insurance, the city has experienced good Workmen's Compensation claim history and can expect to pay a premium totaling $19,139 for the next fiscal year. This compares with a payment totaling $33,856 in 2013-14 and over $26,000 in the two preceding years. Jacobsen said the city's safety policy has contributed to the savings.
allowed AFLAC Insurance representatives to meet with city employees to explain supplemental health insurance.
approved continuing participation with the City of Marshalltown in a joint Lead Hazard Abatement Program.
approved cigarette tobacco retail sales licenses for Jiffy, Twin town Liquor, Faraway Store, Case's General Store and KKiwistar.
approved collector's licenses for Sanitary Refuse and K & M Sanitation.
approved attendance of City Clerk Janet Kriegel at a street fiance Report training class on May 29.