Summer construction continues with MP city council approving more projects

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News


The Mt. Pleasant City Council meeting was routine Wednesday night as the council approved moving forward on more construction projects and set dates for public hearings and bid-letting.

As N. Jefferson St. construction continues, the city is already looking at construction in 2019 of S. Jefferson St. from South St. to Green St. and Yocum Lane from S. Jefferson to S. White St. The council approved the Engineering Service Agreement with Warner Engineering to design and oversee the construction of this project next year.

Downtown will see even more improvements with the council approving an engineering services agreement with Warner Engineering to plan, design and oversee construction of four blocks of downtown. This includes Monroe St., Jefferson St., Adams St. and Main St. from Washington to Madison.

The city is preparing to move forward on the Iris Street Recreational Trail, setting a public hearing for May 9, at 5:30 p.m. Mayor Steve Brimhall said this will take the trail from Iowa Wesleyan University to East Lake Park ?and all around.? ?This is a big connection point,? Brimhall said.

The council also approved awarding a contract to Hickey Construction, of Keokuk, to rebuild a portion of Saunders Park road from the log cabin to the bottom of the hill. The contract is for $88,235. Warner Engineering will provide the plans, specs and construction observation for this project.

?Anyone who has driven that hill can attest to the fact that it is in terrible condition,? Brimhall said as the council approved the contract.

After the Fire Department uses a house to practice techniques, the council approved that Calhoun Construction haul away the debris and fill the hole. Brimhall said the house has some lead paint and ?it?s good to get rid of it.?

The city is hiring Municipal Pipe and Tool Company for an annual cleaning and videoing of the city sanitary sewer collection system. This routine contract is for a minimum of $5,000, depending on what they find and determine what the city?s needs are.

City Administrator Brent Schleisman said that this has always been a good arrangement for the city and has allowed them to find a lot of issues and prevent a lot more issues by having this done annually.

The council approved another sanitary sewer project to line over 25,000 feet of existing sanitary sewer pipe. The bid-letting for this project will be Tuesday, May 8, at 4 p.m., and the public hearing and contract award will be Wednesday, May 9, at 5:30 p.m.

The same bid-letting and public hearing date is set for a spot repair and manhole replacement project. This project will keep the city in compliance with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Additionally, the council approved wages and salaries for city employees for the budget year ending June 30, 2019, including full-time and seasonal wages for the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department.

In other news, a proposed new subdivision had the council waiving the city?s subdivision requirements. Pin Oak Subdivision will be preliminarily plat on the north border of the Golf and Country Club, which borders the city corporate limits.

The council held the third reading of a proposed ordinance to amend the zoning of the Robin Run manufactured housing development property from B-3 to R-4. This zone change allows property owners Davis Homes and Dan Williams to move forward on the site plan, which was also approved by the council Wednesday.

The next Mt. Pleasant City Council meeting is Wednesday, May 9.