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November 14, 2012

Council approves bids for South Water Tower project, discusses wastewater rate increases

Pella — During last week's Pella City Council meeting, the council approved a resolution accepting bids and awarding the contract for the South Water Tower Rehabilitation and Painting Project 2012.

The south water tower was constructed in 1990 and has not been painted since its original construction. Painting is needed due to paint failure and chalking. Work on this project includes internal and external surface cleaning, spot priming and painting of tank exterior, full sandblasting and painting of wet tank interior, and other miscellaneous improvements to provide safety measures for accessing the tank roof.

The south water tower was constructed in 1990 and has not been painted since its original construction. Painting is needed due to paint failure and chalking. Work on this project includes internal and external surface cleaning, spot priming and painting of tank exterior, full sandblasting and painting of wet tank interior, and other miscellaneous improvements to provide safety measures for accessing the tank roof.

The City's engineer on this project, H. R Green, recommended awarding the project to Central Tank Coatings, Inc. of Elgin, for the base bid plus the alternate for the total amount of $327,000.

Work is scheduled to be completed in spring 2013.

Council also approved a resolution approving the Construction Contract, Performance Bond, and Insurance Certificate for the Diesel Engine RICE NESHAP Compliance Project (Mechanical).

On October 16, 2012, Council adopted plans, specifications, form of contract, estimate of cost, and bids and awarded the contract to CSE Enterprises, LLC for the Diesel Engine RICE NESHAP Compliance Project (Mechanical). The contractor has now secured the necessary performance bond and insurance certificate in accordance with the terms and conditions of the bid documents.

-Replace the existing silencer with a combination silencer catalyst. This project also includes installing a closed crankcase ventilation system.

-The contract price is $456,000

-The project's substantial completion date is March 27, 2013.

This resolution approves the contract with CSE Enterprises, LLC, the performance bond from West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, and the insurance certificate from United Fire & Casualty Company for the Diesel Engine RICE NESHAP Compliance Project (Mechanical). The project will be funded with Electric revenues.

Council then proceeded to approve a resolution for Change Order No. 1 and Accepting Work on the W. First Street Reconstruction Project.

This resolution approves Change Order No. 1 with Pella Concrete Contractors for the W. First Street Project and accepts work for the project. As background, this project involved the total reconstruction of W. First Street from Washington to Franklin with a concrete base and brick surface, drainage improvements, installation of a new sanitary sewer main, and replacement of the 6" water main with a new 8" main.

Change Order No. 1 totals $12,168.73 and is for adjustments of final quantities for materials and work performed on the project and includes the following:

-New manhole at Franklin because old one could not be salvaged—$ 3,000.

-Additional material for driveway replacements—$3,400.

-Additional linear footage for sewer connections—$2,360.

-Several other, add and deduct, adjustments on a unit based contract—$3,408.73.

The total addition to the contract for Change Order No. 1 is $12,168.73.

The City's Engineer, Garden & Associates, has deemed the work substantially complete and has provided a certificate of completion for this project.

With the final resolution of the evening, council approved Change Order No. 1 for the E. Third Street Sanitary Sewer Project.

This resolution approves Change Order No. 1 with TK Concrete for the E. Third Street Sanitary Sewer Project. This project involves improvements on E Third Street, between Peace and Independence, including: increasing existing sanitary sewer main from 12" to 21", replacement and additional storm sewer, installation of new 8" water main, new water and sanitary sewer services within the right-of-way, replacement of the street with 7" PCC paving including both intersections, replacement of new 72" culvert and 4' sidewalk replacement.      

Change Order No. 1 includes changing out eight sanitary sewer wyes from 21" x 4" wyes to 21"x 6" wyes. This was due to a discrepancy between the plans based on the City records and what was actually found to be existing in the field.

Change Order No. 1 adds $3,375 to the contract for a total cost of $458,823.80.

In other action

-Council approved the second reading of a ordinance regarding a rezoning application by Tyler Vander Linden to Rezone Property from Rl Low Density Single Family Residential District to R2 Two Family Residential District.

Tyier Vander Linden is requesting to rezone the vacant property located immediately south of 1204 West Third Street from Rl Low Density Single Family Residential to R2 Two Family Residential. This includes Lots 5 (except North 38'), 6 and 7 of Braam's Addition subdivision. The proposed use is a duplex.

The parcel of land requested to be rezoned is currently owned by John Veenstra 1992 Revocable Trust and Jennie G. Veenstra 1992 Revocable Trust. At this time, Tyier is planning to build one duplex, but there would be land available for another duplex.

The Comprehensive Plan, Future Land Use Map targets the area proppsed to be rezoned for Medium Density Residential. Since this category includes R2 as one of the typical zoning designations, the proposed rezoning is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan. Also, while this block of West Third Street is entirely zoned Rl, there is adjacent R2 zoning to the east of the property in question.

The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the rezoning 8 to 1 at their September 24, 2012 meeting.

-Council approved the first reading of an ordinance regarding wastewater rate increases.

At the Policy and Planning meeting on October 16, 2012, the City Council directed staff to proceed with a proposed wastewater rate increase, which is necessary to fund the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) mandate.

In 2009 the City of Pella received a mandate from the IDNR to eliminate all known bypasses in our sanitary sewer collection system by October 2013. As a result of this mandate, the City of Pella is facing an estimated $3.5 million in expenses for sanitary sewer upgrades with a relatively short time period to complete these improvements.

On January 19, 2010, the City of Pella approved an increase in wastewater rates effective March 1, 2010 which was the first step of rate increases necessary to fund the IDNR mandate. The overall increase at that time was 25 percent. In order to fully fund this mandate, the City will need to increase rates by another 13 percent.

This ordinance amends the wastewater rates of the City of Pella and is the second step of rate increases necessary to fund the IDNR mandate.

Proposed Wastewater Rates

The rate increase proposed in this ordinance would be phased in beginning with the February 2013 utility billing due March 20. At that time, the base fee for the wastewater rate will be increased from $ 15.00 per month to $16.00 per month. The usage charge per 1,000 gallons of water used will increase from $3.75 to $4.00.

The next phase of the rate increase is effective with the July 2013 utility billing due August 20. At that time, the base fee for the wastewater rate will be increased from $16.00 per month to $17.00. The usage charge per 1,000 gallons of water used will increase from $4.00 to $4.25. It is important to note, the base fee is intended to help stabilize the City's annual revenue stream, which will help in covering the fixed cost of the system and new debt issues to finance the IDNR mandates.

An increase in the rates is necessary to help fund the IDNR mandates put into effect for the City's wastewater system. If Council approves the ordinance, the proposed rates would be increased in two phases, the first effective with the February 2013 utility billing and the second effective with the July 2013 utility billing.

 

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