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May 14, 2014

Council approves budget amendment


-Expenditure increase of $117, 600 for the purchase of new playground equipment for Fountain Hills Park. Pursuant to the development agreement approved by Council on November 4, 2013, park equipment and a shelter house are currently under construction for Fountain Hills Park. This project was not included in the original FY 14 Budget.

-Expenditure increase of $117,184 for the construction of the sanitary sewer force main for Lift Station #2. As part of the DNR mandated projects, the City was required to construct a 16” force main to carry discharge from Lift Station #2 to the Southeast truck sewer. Bids for this project exceeded engineer’s estimates, and rebidding the project would likely not have resulted in any savings.

-Expenditure increase of $30,927 for residential/local street improvements. Bids for this project exceeded engineer’s estimates, and rebidding the project would likely not have resulted in any savings.

-Expenditure increase of $25,500 for new meter reading equipment. Support and service for the previous meter reading equipment had become a burdensome project since 2011. The extended service agreement that had been place since that time no was no longer an option, necessitating the purchase of new handheld devices and remote reading devices.

-Expenditure increase of $23,600 for hot water supply returns for the Wastewater System. Replacement of the hot water heating systems supply lines for the grit building and plant pump house at the wastewater treatment plant exceed original estimated costs. It appeared unlikely that rebidding the project would result in lower project costs.

-Expenditure increase of $22,489 for repair of the City Hall elevator. The elevator located at City Hall required extensive repair to continue to provide ADA access for employees, customers and visitors. The primary cause of the necessary repairs was oil leakage from the underground cylinder.

-Expenditure increase of $20, 785 for Community Center asbestos survey and removal. A Community Services Building Assessment was completed in early 2014 which indicated the existence of damaged asbestos around the water tank and piping. Due to the health concerns associated with this hazardous material, the engineer recommended the material be mitigated as soon as possible.

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