LOGAN -- Multiple discussions were held at Logan City Council meetings in the last several months about the ‘bumps,’ or sections of the Fifth Street project that failed to meet the project specs, and how much the City planned to seek to have removed from the total paving project cost for them.
At one point, the Council was planning to seek $900 each for all nine ‘bumps’ and have a total of $8,100 taken off the total.
The Council, at another point, decided to only seek to $900 each for five 'bumps,' adding up to $4,500. (The other four were able to be ground down to meet the specs.)
At the January 7 Council meeting, city officials talked with Craig Beedle, of Veenstra & Kimm in Sergeant Bluffs, the project engineer, and Michael Rossbund, owner of Compass Utility, who completed the project, for 25 minutes.
Rossbund told the Council he wanted to have a conversation about the City seeking to have an amount taken off for these 'bumps.'
One of the main points Rossbund talked about is the complexity of the project, particularly the difficulty of trying to grinding down some of those areas due to the slope of the road.
At the end of the day, he wanted the City to better understand this complexity and realize, too, that the company was completing the paving while only being able to lay a certain amount of concrete at a time due to the pace of the supply provided, meaning the paving machine had to be started and stopped, which may have caused some of those 'bumps.'
“And more so than anything, I didn’t want be recognized as a contractor that didn’t do a good job,” Rossbund also told city officials.
In the end, Council member Jason Sporrer said he would be okay not seeking to have anything taken off the total for the “bumps” as long as the company came back and completed the inlet project.
City officials also asked if Compass Utility still plans to complete the inlet project, which is the re-pouring of a few sections near the inlets at the bottom of the Fifth Street hill to help introduce more water into the storm sewer system.
Rossbund said he plans to complete that project sometime in the spring of this year.
Currently, the rest of the balance the City owes on the project is $14,482. This is the retention minus one-third of the cost of the storm sewer cleanout.
However, the City will not make the payment until after the inlet work is complete and Council members do a final walkthrough of the project.
In other news, the Council approved Resolution 19-1 pertaining to the policies and procedures as set by the Logan City Council.
This is a yearly resolution and some of the items included in it are naming the official newspaper of the Council, the Twiner-Herald, and the mayor pro tem, Lori Cohrs.
The Council also appointed Rick O’Neill to the Harrison County Landfill Commission to represent the City of Logan.
Finally, the Council went into a closed session to “discuss a pending bargaining unit determination hearing,” according to Angela Winther, city administrator and clerk.
The next Council meeting will be January 21 starting at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.