The Camanche City Council held a brief work session to review the status of the Washington Boulevard project following its regular council meeting Tuesday.

City Engineer Dan Solchenberger presented the council with sample bid forms for the work to be completed. Also included was a schedule of events surrounding the project.

Before bid-letting begins, a special meeting will be held Wednesday at City Hall for commercial and residential property owners along Washington Boulevard. The meeting will run from 4 to 6 p.m., and will offer an opportunity for individuals to look at plans related to their property.

On Tuesday, Aug. 2, the council is scheduled to approve the advertisement for bid at the regular meeting. After that, bids will be advertised on Aug. 8 and will open Sept. 1. On Tuesday, Sept. 6, bids will be considered at the council meeting.

Solchenberger is estimating that construction will begin toward the end of October with the start of underground work. This should include the water main and limited storm sewer. Construction on Washington Boulevard itself will not begin until 2012, with Solchenberger estimating a November completion date.

As part of the regular meeting, the council discussed an increase in landfill rates charged to the city. The rate is a direct result of Camanche’s population increase, and will not affect residents’ individual rates, councilman Paul Varner said.

Rates are determined by the census, which is conducted every 10 years. The city was initially charged the rate for the 2000 census, but this amount has since adjusted to reflect the 2010 census. The city was then billed the difference, which was approximately $2,000, according to city clerk Sheryl Jindrich.

In addition, the following items were approved as part of the council’s agenda:

• Camanche Days request for funds to cover insurance costs in an amount of approximately $2,000.

• Council decision not to match a Platt Park electrical upgrade matching funds request due to lack of information.

• Promotion of two members of the Camanche Police Department, Cory Determann and David James, to the position of corporal with pay increases retroactive from June 27.