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Grinnell City Council approves more than $1 million for construction and improvements

While construction is on track to complete the new Drake Community Library Project in Grinnell, donations and other funds may take some time to be received, forcing the council to issue bonds to make up the difference.

At the recent City Council meeting on Monday, Aug. 3, At Large Council Member Byron Worley told the city council that "some commitments in the form of pledges have yet to come in." Because of that, the city will most likely issue bonds in the coming weeks to fill the funding gaps.

While funding may be in the forefront for the new library, Council Member Steve Witt said the Public Works and Grounds Committee was more than happy with the early construction stages of the Grinnell Mutual Family Aquatic Center Project near the Grinnell High School.

The council approved two resolutions approving payment for the aquatic center project

• of $54,329.85 to Acco Unlimited Corporation, Johnston

• to Henkel Construction Company, Mason City, for $287,638.05

"We are very pleased with the work, so far," Witt said. "Work is going famously."

The council approved a number of other resolutions, including

• paying $420,028.25 to Woodruff Construction, for work on the Public Safety Building

• payment of $372,489.00 to Garling Construction, Belle Plaine, for work done on the Drake Community Library,

• paying $205,026.96 to Hawkeye Paving Corporation, Bettendorf, for the Central Business District Phase 3.

• final payment $9,666.00 to Gee Asphalt Systems Inc., Cedar Rapids, for the 2009 street repairs.

The council also approved a resolution setting lot prices for Hazelwood Cemetery for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010-2014.

A resolution awarding a contract for the 2009 Hazelwood Cemetery Road Improvements was reluctantly approved. The contract was awarded to TK Concrete Inc., Pella.

According to Witt, the contract was awarded despite some dissension among city employees because of work performed by TK Concrete in the past. Witt said that the city has awarded the contract, but city officials will make sure the contractors know that there is "very little room for error."

In other business, City Manager Russ Behrens told council members that the public safety building is on track to be occupied in the later part of October or early November.

According to Behrens, the mechanical system and the geothermal units still need to be placed, while final painting, floor work and other construction projects still need to be completed.

Approved in the consent agenda were

• a transfer of the liquor license from Grinnell House to the Harris Center for Aug. 15, 2009.

• Request from Grinnell Chamber for street closures on Saturday, Aug. 29, for Happy Days.

UPDATED August 4, 2009 1:14 PM

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