DEWITT — The required public hearing for the upcoming Eighth Street project brought citizen input and a detailed explanation to the DeWitt City Council on Monday.
The project includes the reconstruction of Eighth and East Eighth streets from about 400 feet west of East Fourth Avenue to Third Avenue. Installation of new water main, sanitary sewer and sidewalk where necessary, particularly sidewalk on the north side of East Eight Street, are part of the project.
The project is two-phased and takes into consideration Clinton County Fair traffic from July 16-20. It is a 200-day contract, with $3,000 a day of liquidated damages if not completed on time. The estimated cost is $800,000. Bids are due March 12 with approval of contract on March 17.
Resident Alan Kagemann, who lives on Seventh Street, asked the council if it would be a narrow, 31-foot wide street, similar to 10th Street, which he called “a disaster.” By narrowing the street, he said, the city was stopping traffic flow and he was against it.
“I wouldn’t call 10th Street a disaster,” said City Administrator Steve Lindner, but conceded it does take some cooperation. Sometimes when cars are parked on both sides, moving cars must stop to let one pass. He said, 31 feet was the usual width of a residential street and wide streets made faster traffic.
Councilman Kurt Ketelsen noted that a wider street costs the city more money for upkeep.
Later in the meeting, the council approved the plans, specifications and form of contract for the Eighth Street project. Bid security was set at 10 percent of the bid.
The council approved agreements with the public works and police bargaining units. The public works four-year contract includes a 3 percent wage increase for each year and an increase in the license premium to 12 cents per hour. Also standby pay increased to $31 for Friday and evenings before holidays in 2015, $32 in 2016 and $33 in 2017. Standby on Saturdays and Sundays increases to $41 in 2015, $42 in 2016 and $43 in 2017. Good Friday becomes a whole day holiday and the education bonus is the same as that of the police department.