october2018logancitymeeting

LOGAN — At the October 8 Logan City Council meeting, the city approved the pay request of $47,790.52 made by Compass Utility, LLC, of Council Bluffs, for the Fifth Street paving project.

That was after city officials discussed a few project concerns with Craig Beedle, engineer from V&K Engineering, Sergeant Bluffs.

Beedle first said that there is a five percent contingency, like in many contracts.

“We won’t pay that until everything’s done to the city’s satisfaction,” he said.

Beedle did go on to address a couple of issues, like the intakes and how they are taking water, or in this case, not taking water as well as they should be.

The issue was first brought to the city’s attention by Council member Jason Sporrer. Beedle said this is an issue that needs to be addressed.

All the intakes on Fifth Street will be looked at and it is likely that several of them will be fixed so they take in water better than they do currently.

Bumps found in particular areas of the road will be grinded on to smooth them out, too. This will be done by a subcontractor hired by Compass Utility, LLC.

One more payment is now left for the paving project, according to Angela Winther, city administrator and clerk.

“Craig, so, you’re confident everything’s going to get done the way it should be?” Sporrer asked Beedle at the end of the conversation

Beedle responded that he is confident about that.

In other news, the Council reviewed the current wastewater treatment agreement for leachate, water that has drained through a filter at a landfill, and drafted a new one that will be for three years.

The City of Logan is paid 1.5 cents per gallon by the Harrison County Landfill to have that leachate pumped to their wastewater treatment plant, according to city officials.

That is the same amount the city was paid in the last contract.

The City of Logan is applying for a grant through the Dean J. King Foundation to obtain funds to install a “play” feature at the Jim Wood Aquatic Center.

It is unknown at this time how much the project will cost because right now, it is unknown how much prep work needs to be done underground to install the “play” feature.

On a similar note, city officials also agreed to act as a fiscal sponsor for the Logan Fire & Rescue Department.

Gary Barrineau, a Department Board member and firefighter, talked to the city about applying for the grant through the Foundation, too.

The Department is applying for a grant to cover the cost of an additional LUCAS device, which is for conducting automated CPR.

“And there’s a grant sale price going on through 2018 to get them for $11,500,” said Barrineau. The devices usually cost between $15,000 and $17,000.

And another ZOLL machine, which acts as an AED and takes other vital readings, will be bought with the funds as well.

Barrineau said the total cost of the two is $38,000, a conservative quote.

Judy Dinkel was approved to replace Sharol Altwegg, who resigned, on the Logan Public Library Board, too.

City officials approved for Jody Hildreth, who owns Prairie Valley Painting in Logan, Iowa, to paint the black lines at the Jim Wood Aquatic Center.

The bid was for $960. And the painting may be done yet this year, but the city was not sure. It might have to wait until the spring of 2019.

Council members also discussed the idea of passing a resolution concerning establishing a purchasing policy.

This was just a discussion item. No action was taken by the Council.

The Council did say, however, that they would like to move forward with establishing one for the city despite there already being an unwritten rule concerning purchasing certain items over $500.

Finally, the first through third readings of Ordinance 462 of the Logan City Code of Ordinances was approved.

Ordinance 462, which pertains to the sewer rates, was approved by the city previously but because of the wording needing to be slightly modified, it was passed again.

What was once two sections in the code, 99.01 and 99.02 are now contained in Section 99.01 of this particular ordinance.

This happened after city officials okayed to suspend the rules pertaining to the three readings of an ordinance.

The next Logan City Council meeting will be Oct. 22 starting at 6 p.m. at the Community Center in the Council Chambers.