Bid awarded for street projects

Patrick Fisher, Staff Writer

The New Prague City Council unanimously approved several resolutions concerning street projects at its Monday meeting.

The council awarded the bid for the 2009 Street and Utility Reconstruction Project to Chard Tiling & Excavating, Inc., of Belle Plaine. The project includes work on Fifth Street SW and Forest Green Circle, a cul-de-sac on the northeast side of town.

Chris Cavett of Short Elliott Hendrickson (S.E.H.) said the city received seven bids with the highest at $1,029,817. The engineer's estimate was $1,006,923.

Chard winning bid was $787,460, about 22 percent lower than the estimate.

Cavett said the project will begin with pavement removal on Fifth Street SW.

The council also approved an amendment to the engineering services agreement with S.E.H. and the addition of $7,000 for the 2009 street project.

Feasibility study

The council approved a feasibility study for work at the intersection of Highway 19 and 11th Avenue NW, near Raven Stream Elementary School, where a roundabout is proposed.

The study will outline the scope of the project, probable costs, funding options and potential assessment amounts to the benefiting properties.

Cavett noted it wouldn't be an extensive study, since quite a bit of work has been done on the project. When asked about the life span of the roundabout and its size he said it would be more than 20 years and the same size as the two roundabouts on the east end of town.

Councilmember Ken Betterton asked about an access from the Don Mushitz residence onto Highway 19.

New Prague Planning Director Ken Ondich explained Mushitz also has concerns about pulling onto the highway. The city is working with Mushitz and adjacent property owner Roger Hanson on a proposal where Mushitz would have access to 11th Avenue from the south, going over property owned by Hanson.

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