Two Wayland buildings to be tore down

By Karyn Spory, Mt. Pleasant News


WAYLAND ? The city of Wayland will soon have two fewer buildings in its skyline as the city council approved a building demolition bid Wednesday night.

City Clerk Beverly Conrad said the city only received one bid for the project, which will demolish the buildings at 211 and 213 W. Main St.

The buildings, Conrad said, have not been in good shape for several years. ?This is our third year working on this,? said Conrad. Over the course of the past two years, the city has tested for asbestos in the buildings and then removed the mold. ?Now we?re finally to this stage.?

Leichty and Sons Construction, Inc. were awarded the project, as they turned in the only bid. The bid proposal included the general tearing down and piling up of debris for $15,250. Conrad said Leichty also will transport the debris to the landfill for $94 per ton. It is not known at this time how much debris will have to be taken to the landfill.

After the buildings are tore down, the city plans to grade and backfill the area. ?Hopefully we can then sell it to a business or have someone put up a building there,? said Conrad.

During the meeting, the council members also discussed the results of an Iowa Department of Transportation speed study of Highway 78, which cuts through the city.

?With the increased buildings along the highway, all the big trucks turning on and off, we wanted to know if it was enough to lower the speed limit through town. The speed limit on the highway is 55 miles per hour. However, at city limits, the speed is reduced to 45 mph. Near Washington Street, the entrance for the school, the speed limit is once again decreased to 35 mph, but raised back up to 45 near the gas station.

?We were hoping it would be at least 35 mph throughout the city. With lots of trucks going in and out we thought that would be best, but the study said (there wasn?t enough traffic) to warrant the speed limit,? said Conrad.

Wednesday night the council also approved changes to the personnel policy manual as well as a resolution to transfer funds for the Cummings Street TIF.

The next city council meeting will be Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m., in City Hall.