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Council awards 2013 street work bids
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The Fennimore Common Council awarded bids for the 2013 street and utility projects during a meeting Monday evening, April 8.
Per the five-year street reconstruction plan the council approved last January, 11th Street – Adams Street to Coolidge Street, Coolidge Street – 10th Street to 12th Street, Cleveland Street – 10th to 11th Street, and Adams Street – 11th to 12th Street, will be reconstructed later this year.
Bids were opened on Thursday, April 4.
Augelli Concrete and Excavating was awarded the bid for curb and gutter work. J&T Concrete submitted an incomplete bid. Augelli Conrete and Excavating’s bid was $59,125, besting a bid of $60,315 by Parisi Construction.
Augelli Concrete and Excavating was awarded the bid for curb and gutter work in 2012 as well. Boscobel Excavating had completed curb and gutter work two years prior to that.
Road and gravel bids were awarded to Reynolds Brothers LLC and Iverson Construction.
Reynolds Brothers LLC was awarded work for gravel that will be hauled to the job site by the contractor. Reynolds Brothers LLC’s base bid was $50,033.
Iverson Construction was awarded work for gravel that will be hauled to the job site by City vehicles. Iverson Construction’s alternate price was $43,730.
“...Both of the Low Bidders for Contract No. 2 (Road Gravel) have previously worked for the City, and have shown a history of satisfactory performance...,” stated a memo prepared by Keith Dalsing of K.D. Engineering Consultants.
The actual contract amounts will be a portion of the amount bid by each contractor (approximately $32,395 for Reynolds Brothers LLC’s contract and approximately $15,130 for Iverson Construction’s contract).
Iverson Construction was awarded bituminous concrete (blacktop) work. Iverson Construction’s bid of $93,352.50 was the low bid. Scotts Construction submitted a bid of $94,930.
Iverson Construction was also awarded the bituminous concrete work in 2012.
HD Supply Waterworks will supply water main and sanitary sewer materials. HD Supply Waterworks’ bid of $19,950.50 bested the bids of J&R Supply ($20,672.60), First Supply – Madison ($21,752) and Utility Equipment Company ($23,096.40).
Utility Equipment Company will supply plastic storm sewer pipe. Utility Equipment Company’s bid of $4,152 was lower than bids submitted by J&R Supply ($4,275), First Supply – Madison ($4,350) and HD Supply Waterworks ($4,425).
County Materials will supply concrete manholes and inlets as the lone bid of $5,661.14.
The council approved the final plans and authorized the street and utility projects for bid during a Feb. 25 meeting.
Dennis Biddick of K.D. Engineering Consultants provided an opinion of probable cost for street improvements, water system improvements and sanitary sewer system improvements.
Biddick estimated the street improvements would cost $200,578, water system improvements would cost $26,720 and sanitary sewer system improvements would cost $41,858. Each estimate includes five percent in contingencies.
“It looks like we are about $10,000 under the estimate they had put together previously,” City Clerk Margaret Sprague said Monday night. “We should be able to do all the projects that we identified.”
Personnel Committee recommendations
The Council also approved multiple recommendations made by the Personnel Committee, including the hiring of summer public works and pool employees.
The list of employees includes:
Summer public works – Ben Hertrampf, Alex Biddick
Public works/pool – Brock Hertrampf, Drew Zoromski
Cemetery – Chuck Weist (caretaker), Chad Bender (assistant caretaker)
Sewer – Parker Prochaska, Jacob Vesperman
Pool – Brandon Ashmore, Ryan Ashmore, Alison Bates, Joe Carl, Tyler Carl (co-head lifeguard), Mitch Davis, Brock Hertrampf, Brienna Hunt, Tanya Johnson, Jaren Knight, Mariah Kreul, Kyle Lang, Rebecca McBee (co-head lifeguard), Trent Napp, Jerica Nelson, Amberly Solorzano, Shanda Strack, Aaron Swan, Logan Udelhofen, Beth Zoromski and Drew Zoromski.
Wages for summer public works and pool employees were also approved. Employees will earn 1.62 percent more in 2013 than in 2012 (a raise of 12 to 13 cents per hour for most employees).
The Council also approved advertising to fill a vacancy at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. A new operator is needed after the Council accepted the resignation of Steve Hines during an April 2 special meeting.

BIDDICK NAMED NEW DPW
At the conclusion of Monday night’s meeting, the Council unanimously approved the hiring of the city’s new Director of Public Works. The Personnel Committee offered Dennis Biddick the Director of Public works position during a March 28 meeting. Biddick informed Sprague of his decision to accept the offer on April 1. He will begin his duties Monday, May 6. Twenty-five people applied for the position and nine were selected for interviews. Of those nine, Biddick was one of three that was interviewed a second time.