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Marengo Clerk search goes on

By NICK NARIGON

Members of Marengo City Council expect to interview candidates for the city financial manager position this week.

The city is replacing Christine Fettkether, who left Nov. 25 after less than two months in the position. Marengo City Administrator Brent Nelson said several of the past applicants reapplied for the position, including two new applicants. Of the four finalists in the last round, three have reapplied for the position, Nelson said.

He said he hopes to have a new financial manager hired at the Dec. 28 city council meeting.

ASBESTOS REMOVAL

Marengo City Council accepted a quote of $8,948 Dec. 14 to remove asbestos from the city owned house at 1272 Court St.

Active Thermal Concepts, Inc., Hiawatha, was contracted to remove asbestos from the linoleum, the ceiling texture, the pipe insulation and the roofing material of the home.

Work on the asbestos removal is set to begin Dec. 21 and is tentatively scheduled to be completed Jan. 4, 2010.

Marengo City Administrator Brent Nelson said the city received eight quotes, and Active Thermal Concepts was the lowest.

The city purchased the home this summer for $26,500. Nelson said the house will be demolished after the asbestos is removed.

In the spring, the city will build tennis courts and basketball courts in the location. Nelson said he is working with city engineer Dave Schechinger on a cost-efficient design for the courts.

ROBERTS AVENUE

The Roberts Avenue extension has been paved and the project will be completed in the spring, engineer Dave Schechinger reported to the Marengo City Council Dec. 14.

The council approved a payment of $117,419.05 to Vieth Construction for work completed between Oct. 24 and Nov. 23. The project is budgeted for a total of $209,995.

The extension will serve as the access road to the city’s new water plant.

Schechinger said the road is paved and the work has been approved. He said Vieth Construction will come back in the spring to do some grading and compaction work for future access points.

In addition, Schechinger noted some damage was done to the Marengo levee during the construction. He said Vieth Construction will pay for the damages, totaling approximately $10,000. The levee will be repaired in the spring, he said.

UPDATED December 16, 2009 11:12 AM

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