DEWITT — Work on the new police station at 1505 Sixth Ave. took center stage at the DeWitt City Council meeting this week.

Preliminary work on the south damaged walls that were meant to be part of the finished facility and resulted in the discovery that the walls were not reinforced with rebar. A further check found that, though built 20 years later, the north walls also lacked reinforcement. The downed south walls must be replaced; the north walls must be replaced or reinforced.

The council considered several options and by verbal agreement the council decided to replace the downed south walls at an estimated cost of $53,146 from general contractor Sheets Design Build of Maquoketa. The cost is covered by the city’s insurer EMC.

Two other options were for demolishing and repairing a portion of block wall at an estimated cost of $31,706 and demolishing a portion without rebuilding at an estimate of $935. These costs will be added to the project.

The council also verbally agreed to brick ledge adjustments which will add $1,280 to the cost and three column footings at an added cost of $1,301. All of the work will add more time to complete the project.

The agreement will allow contractors to proceed immediately. Formal change orders will follow.

In addition, the council approved a professional agreement with IIW Engineers of Davenport for testing and inspection services and staking services which were not included in the original agreement for the police station. Both services are charges on an hourly basis with testing and inspection at a maximum of $60,000 and staking at $5,000.

Purchase of furniture for the new police station was approved at $63,094 from Pignott, Inc. of Davenport. The cost of chairs, desks, tables, file cabinets and other office furniture and storage systems was under the estimate of $65,400.

Finally, the council accepted the proposal from Associated Real Estate Counselors of DeWitt, local agent Phil Bousselot, to sell the current police facility at 606 Ninth St. The council agreed the sale price should be $194,000, which is the appraised value.

Bond counsel Tim Oswald of Piper Jaffray of Des Moines presented information concerning the $6.5 million general obligation bond sale. He said it was uneventful, which was good, with six bids. The council awarded the bonds to First Tennessee National Bank of Memphis at a true interest rate of 1.535399 percent which results in a net interest cost of $438,077.

The bonds will refinance $2.1 million of bonds from 2010 at a savings of $23,000 over two years. They will also fund partial payment of an aerial fire truck, demolition of 911 Sixth Ave., construction of a new police station, a trail study, a traffic study at 11th Street and Maynard Way, and the First Street reconstruction project.

The council set non-union wages for 2015-16. They include a monthly rate for City Administrator Steve Lindner of $7,844; Police Chief David Porter, $6,182; Public Works Director Matt Proctor, $5,502; Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Lake, $5,312; Finance Director Deanna Rekemeyer, $5,376; and Police Captain Marc Swingle, $5,482. The wages are budgeted at a 3 percent increase.

The final plats for Stahl’s Fourth Addition and Gregoire Fourth Addition were approved. The plat squares up the two lots and includes a provision for extension of Fourth Avenue with shared cost of street and infrastructure.

Gregoire’s Fourth Addition is a repeat of the 2-lot Third Addition into five lots. It is north of 240th Street and west of the city limits but within the 2-mile jurisdiction of the city.

The council approved an agreement with IIW Engineers for a traffic study at Maynard Way and 11th Street at a cost of $9,950. Data will be collected to prepare for a Traffic Safety Improvement Program grant to possibly fund a signal light for the area.

As part of the Downtown Improvement Program, three grants were awarded for $2,500 each to beautify and improve businesses. Emma Rae’s Antiques & Uniques, LLC, Sandry Fire Supply, LLC, and Art’s Barber Shop will receive funding. SCB Properties/Scott Baxter is under consideration for the grant.

In other grant activity, the council approved pre-applications to Eastern Iowa Housing Trust Fund for housing rehabilitation, a letter of support and financial commitment to the East Central Intergovernmental Association HOME application, and an application to the Clinton County Development Association for partial funding of the aerial fire truck purchase. About $283,00, or 33 percent, will be requested.

The council also approved a letter of support for a four-lane U.S. 30 from DeWitt to Lisbon, a change in the policy for free employee membership at the DeWitt Fitness Center, and the first reading of an amendment to the city’s code regarding mowing properties.

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