The Fort Dodge City Council voted unanimously Monday night to move forward with the East Region Storm Sewer project.
The council awarded the contract for Phase 1 of the improvements to JB Holland Construction for an amount of $1,502,282.93.
JB Holland was the lowest bidder out of four companies.
The other bids were from Rasch Construction, $1,544,201.50; Peterson Contractors Inc., of Reinbeck, $1,670,000; and Minger Construction Inc., of Chanhassen, Minn., $1,915,697.80.
The multimillion dollar project has been discussed since May. It is a flood mitigation project that will eventually reach from the foot of Veterans Bridge all the way to 29th Street along First Avenue South.
Project Director Wade Greiman, of Snyder & Associates, gave a recap of the project.
The intent in Phase 1 is to build a detention basin north of the bridge, which can hold water and slowly release it. This phase will include roadway, storm sewer, water detention and pump station improvements near First Avenue South and South 23rd Street.
The project is long overdue, said Mayor Matt Bemrich.
"Thank you to the council for moving this project forward. I believe the flooding in this area started in the 1960s, so 50 years later we're getting around to fixing it," he said.
The work could begin as early as Oct. 21, Greiman said, and should be finished by May 31, 2014.
The council also approved land acquisitions, permanent utility easements (PUE) and temporary construction easements needed to complete the project.
The council unanimously approved agreements at five different locations. A sixth location was voted on separately, with Councilman David Flattery abstaining from the vote, stating that the landowner was a client.
Flattery abstained from the vote on property owned by Donna Porter at 2253 Second Ave. N., where the city acquired 1.5 acres and a temporary easement of about 2,600 square feet for $140,000.
Other locations were:
New Cooperative, Inc., 2626 First Ave. S., 4,276 square feet of PUE (Mid-American), $2,993;
Crossroads Mall, 217 S. 25th St., 1,002 square feet of PUE (MidAmerican), $842;
Kemna Motors, 2524 First Ave. S., 1,481 square feet of PUE (MidAmerican), $1,037;
Hiway Truck Equipment, 2246 First Ave. S., 267 square feet of PUE (storm sewer), 353 square feet of temporary easement, no cost;
Edward and Teresa Casady, 7 S. 23rd St., 20,104 square feet of access and PUE (storm sewer), 523 square feet of PUE (Mid-American), 15,532 square feet temporary easement, $18,960.