Gladbrook City Council OKs change orders

Members of the Gladbrook City Council approved change orders totaling $108,000 for the city’s new fire station/ambulance building project.

During this week’s meeting, the council OK’d the change orders for additional paving to the south side of the building ($22,000); additional paving along the west side of the building ($21,000) and additional paving for an access drive on the east side of the building ($65,000).

The council also approve a pay estimate to Larson Construction for just more than $174,000 on the project. The council approved transferring $100,000 from the Ambulance Department reserve fund within the General Fund to the building project fund.

In another matter, Mayor Keith Sash and City Clerk Lori Bearden informed council members about an upcoming door-to-door income survey needing to be done for the lagoon Community Development Block Grant application. The survey needs 80 percent approval. Residents will need to answer two questions – how many residents reside in the home and whether their income is above or below a stated figure. The surveys do not need to be signed and will be put in a sealed envelope. The mayor is asking residents to be cooperative in completing this survey as the lagoon updates need to be made.

In other business, the council:

Heard a report from Engineer Mike Bearden who gave an update on the lagoon stating the facility plan has been submitted to the Iowa Department of Natural Resource. Officials are now waiting for the DNR’s response.

Was updated on the theater year-end account. Earlier this spring it looked as if the theater would have a negative balance at year-end and the council would transfer funds to cover the negative balance but June was a good month and the fund balance for June 30, 2014 was a positive $1,800.

Heard from Public Works Director Mark Lowry who noted L L Pelling will start work next week on street repairs. The flushing of hydrants will also begin next week.

Received two applications for the council seat of Dan DeWitt who will be moving out of town and can no longer serve. They were Scott Schmidt and Susan Reese. Schmidt was approved to fill the unexpired term of DeWitt through Dec. 31, 2015.

Received a report from Tama County Sheriff Dennis Kucera who said his deputies had spent 116.25 hours within the city limits of Gladbrook during July and that there were 23 calls for service.