Library roof, Fifth Avenue South projects advance

A contract for a new roof on the Fort Dodge Public Library was awarded by the City Council Monday evening.

Academy Roofing and Sheet Metal of the Midwest, based in Des Moines, was hired to do the job at a cost of $424,800.

Councilman Jeff Halter was absent from the otherwise unanimous vote to award the contract.

Other bidders for the job were For Sure Roofing, Des Moines, $465,520; Central States Roofing, Ames, $483,500; JLH Enterprises, Waukon, $517,700; Black Hawk Roof Co., Cedar Falls, $527,700; and Bailey Roofing, Urbandale, $593,050.

The library’s roof is about 18 years old and it has sustained storm damage.

In other business Monday, the council hired McClure Engineering Co., of Fort Dodge, to finish plans for the final section of the Fifth Avenue South Corridor of Commerce project. The company will finish the plans for the section between 31st and 32nd streets. It will be paid a maximum of $79,370.

The Corridor of Commerce project includes underground utilities, a center turning lane, new streetlights, sidewalks and decorative features like limestone pillars at the intersections.

It also includes zoning rules that govern the appearance of the corridor.

The Corridor of Commerce plan was approved by the council in 2008. Work on the first phase between 21st and 29th streets began in 2009. In 2011, the stretch between 29th and 31st streets was completed.

Work on the section between 31st and 32nd streets is expected to begin this year.