october2018logancitymeeting

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

That was after city officials discussed a few concerns about the project with Craig Beedle, an engineer from Veenstra & Kimm, Inc., Sergeant Bluffs.

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

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

That was not the case at the time of the meeting. Beedle went on to address the concerns he had and ones brought up by Council members.

One of them is 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.

Sporrer explained how quite a bit of the rain water is rushing right down the hill on Fifth Street past the intakes instead of dropping into them.

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 at least a few of them will have to be corrected.

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

One more payment is currently left for the paving project.

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

Beedle responded that he is.

In other news, the Council reviewed the current wastewater treatment agreement for leachate, water that has drained through a filter at the Harrison County 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 Landfill to have the leachate pumped to their wastewater treatment plant, according to city officials.

That is the same amount the city was paid in the last contract, which was for two years.

The City of Logan is applying for a grant through the Dean J. King Family 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 to install the feature.

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

Gary Barrineau, a Dept. Board member and firefighter, talked to the city about applying for the grant.

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.

He wanted to apply to take advantage of the special price.

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 roughly $38,000, a conservative quote.

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

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, or it might have to wait until the spring.

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

This was a just a discussion item. No action was taken.

The Council did seem to come to a consensus that they would like to move forward with establishing one for the city.

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, needed to be approved with a slight change to the wording.

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 approval happened after city officials gave the “okay” 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.