Street reconstruction job OK’d by FD council

A long stretch of Eighth Avenue South in Fort Dodge will be rebuilt next year.

That road will be reconstructed between 25th and 32nd streets.

The project will include new sanitary sewers, water mains and storm sewers; a concrete road surface; and sidewalks on both sides of the street.

The City Council on Monday hired Wicks Construction, of Decorah, to do the work at a cost of $3,115,507.60.

The city has $1.2 million from the state to help pay for the work.

Other bidders were Reilly Construction, Ossian, $3,260,315.50; and Absolute Concrete Construction, Slater, $3,969,312.87.

In other business, City Manager David Fierke introduced a plan replace the company that cleans the Municipal Building with a city employee. He told the council that the proposal would be budget neutral and provide “consistently better maintenance.”

In January 2017, the council hired Nationwide Office Care, of Clive, to clean the Municipal Building at a cost of $45,465 a year.

Fierke said the new custodian would be part of a centralized facility maintenance team with the custodians of the Fort Dodge Public Library and the Blanden Memorial Art Museum. He said those custodians would clean and perform some light maintenance chores like unplugging stopped-up sinks.

None of the council members objected to the plan Monday. Fierke plans to ask the council to act on it during next week’s meeting.

Also on Monday, the council recognized Adam Sankey as the Volunteer Coach of the Year. He has coached softball, baseball and T-ball since 2017.