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Pella City Clerk Mandy Smith listens as City Council Member Bruce Schiebout makes a point Tuesday.

PELLA — Bids for the second phase of the Pella Sports Park came in higher than projected, prompting the City Council on Tuesday to wait two weeks before it awards a contract. The delay gives the city more time to find money for the improvements.

The city’s engineer firm estimated an $801,104 cost for the project, which includes two 210-foot ballfields and a 3,672-foot concrete trail south of the existing ballfields. Three bids for the project all came in higher than that estimate. Civil Design Advantage, the engineering firm, recommended that the city go with the low bid of $869,219 from Joiner Construction of Plano.

According to an agreement with Fields for Our Future, Inc., Pella would pay no more than $430,000 for the project or 50 percent of its costs, whichever is less.

The walking trail is a priority for parents eager to stay occupied while their children practice on the fields, City Administrator Mike Nardini said. Add-ons to the Phase II wish list include a restroom facility and 37 parking spaces.

While the council accepted the plans and other details of the project, it won’t vote on bids until Oct. 16.

In other action, the council:

  • approved a preliminary plat for Bos Landen Estates, a 51-unit development planned at the golf course in western Pella. The move allows Harvest Investments to move forward on infrastructure in the 30-acre subdivision, including the construction of 3,000 feet of road.
  • heard a proposal from Mayor Jim Mueller to create a city economic development department to guide businesses and housing developers as Pella continues to grow.

Pat Finan is the editor of the Journal-Express. He can be reached at 641-295-0624 or