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February 6, 2014

City Council approves sidewalk project

OSKALOOSA — The Oskaloosa City Council gave its preliminary approval of the First Avenue East Sidewalk Project during its meeting Monday night.

The project encompasses the north side of First Avenue East from North First Street to North Second Street and along the west side of North Second Street from First Avenue East to the Law Enforcement Center parking lot.

The scope of the project includes a new 10-foot wide sidewalk, Americans with Disability Act-compliant ramps, new curb and gutter, composite pavement, new street lights with underground electric connections, intakes, storm drains and other miscellaneous improvements, according to city documents.

The total estimated project cost will be $142,636 — a design cost of $30,600 and a construction cost of $112,036 — that will be shared between the city of Oskaloosa and property owners. The city’s share would be about $95,281 and the property owners’ share would be $47,355, according to city documents.

Bids for the sidewalk project will be received and opened on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 10 a.m. and presented to the City Council for a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m.

Once the project is awarded, work will commence from April to May, depending on the weather. It is expected to take 30 working days to complete, according to city documents.

City Council member Tom Walling asked which budget this project would appear — the current year or next fiscal year.

“This year,” Oskaloosa City Manager Michael School Jr. said. “It’s not a street scape, it’s a basic curb and gutter.”

Schrock added that the street light posts will be decorative to be more like the downtown street scape amenities.

Walling also asked when the property owners would pay their share of the costs.

“They pay up front,” Schrock said.

In other action, the City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance to rezone the south portion of a property at 1115 S. 11th St. from R-3 Multi-family Residential District to Limited Industrial District.

Herald Editor Duane Nollen can be reached by email at oskynews@oskyherald.com

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