Pella Chronicle

October 9, 2012

Council approves Free Lap Swim week

By Clint Brown
The Chronicle

Pella — The Pella City Council approved a resolution approving Free Lap Swim for the Week of November 26 - December 1.

This resolution approves free lap swim for the week of November 26-December 1, 2012 as a way to support the Healthiest State Initiative. On August 10, 2011, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad announced the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative with plans to make Iowa the #1 healthiest state in the nation by 2016. The Healthiest State Initiative is a privately led public initiative intended to inspire lowans and their communities throughout the state to improve their health and happiness. To achieve the goal, individuals, families, businesses, faith-based organizations, not-for-profits and the public sector are to unite in a community-focused effort to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation by 2016.                       .

With Council's approval of this resolution, anyone entering the facility would be allowed to participate in normal lap swim hours for free Monday through Saturday, November 26 through December 1. This offer would apply to lap swim only and not to any classes or programs offered through the Aquatic Center. This incentive to swim will not affect operations at the facility, with no additional lifeguards or staff time necessary.

In 2011, the Community Services department offered free lap swim to all the week after Thanksgiving. This led to new yearly passes being purchased at the facility. After visiting with these new patrons, staff believes they would not have purchased their passes or come to take full advantage of the facility were it not for the free lap swim offering last year. One additional reason staff would like to continue this free lap swim week is to show support of the Healthiest State Initiative.

Council also approved a resolution amending the Professional Services Agreement with DeWild Grant Reckert and Associates Company in Connection with the Southeast Switching Station.

This resolution amends the Professional Services Agreement with DeWild Grant Reckert and Associates Company (DGR) for the Southeast Switching Station (SESS) Project to include fees associated with the design of electrical relays for the City's electrical substations.

As background on this item, an electrical relay is a protective device that signals the electrical breaker when to open. Currently, the SESS has transmission relays capable of communicating across fiber optic wire, and this amendment is for the engineering design to install like relays at the West Substation, Vermeer Substation, and the Power Plant Substation. The advantage of having the relays communicate across fiber is that it will provide enhanced protection and the ability to clear electrical faults and other problems on the system in more timely fashion than we are currently able to. Staff also believes by enhancing communication between the relays we will improve coordination, thereby improving system reliability.        ,

On February 1, 2011, Council approved the Engineering Services Agreement with DGR for $291,000 for substation preliminary and final design phases and bidding and preliminary transmission routing. On October 18, 2011, Council approved Amendment No. 1 for the transmission component of the project, which increased the contract amount to $364,800. At that time, Council was told that one additional amendment would be needed for the relay portion of the contract. This resolution approves Amendment No. 2 to the engineering agreement with DGR for $61,300 for relay modifications and increases the total contract fees to $421,100.

The cost estimate of $61,300 for relaying modifications engineering is comprised of $46,300 fixed fees that covers design and relay setting and $15,000 in hourly fees for preliminary, construction, and final phase services. It should be noted, relaying modifications and settings are very engineering intensive. However, for the overall project, engineering fees total 10.3% of the project costs.

A list of relays that will be required will be made available to the City for purchase in October 2012 and construction is scheduled to begin in November 2012.