Council approves city hall landscaping bid

The New Prague City Council approved a landscaping bid for City Hall at its Monday, July 15, meeting.

The council awarded the contract to D&J Landscaping of New Prague, which had the lowest bid at $22,263. An earlier estimated placed the cost of the project at $39,000.

Project manager Chris Cavett of Short Elliott Hendrickson (S.E.H.) Inc. said the quotes for the bids were opened on Tuesday, July 2. There were five quotes, but the one from Prairie Restorations of Cannon Falls was incomplete.

Cavett said they talked with three of the references from D&J Landscaping, who all gave positive complements about the business.

Mayor Chuck Nickolay asked what the timing of the project would be. Cavett said trees would be planted in late August and the other plants would go in next spring.

The landscaping will be around City Hall, in the south parking lot and the new north parking lot. Plants, bushes and trees will be added to the area and boulevards around City Hall. The new parking lot will have a variety of greenery, including two rain gardens on the south side of the parking lot where water can drain off to be filtered.

City Administrator Mike Johnson said the city has been offered 10 to 12 trees from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. The trees would come from the church’s site east of town. The city was waiting for a quote for the cost of moving the trees from the site to the area around City Hall.

2014 Street Project The council unanimously approved two items for its 2014 street and utility improvement project. It approved a resolution ordering preparation of a feasibility report and an agreement for professional service with S.E.H. Engineering Inc.

Cavett said this was this first step in the whole process. The area to be worked on includes portions of Third Street NW, Church Avenue NE, First Avenue NE, School Street NE and the alley east of First Avenue that connects to School Street NE.

Cavett said this was the last part of four years worth of projects in that area of the community. He noted they had shared their plans with St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church since School Street leads into the church grounds and the alley provides entrance to the church’s parking lot. The alley is one of the few in town they would be paving since there is so much use of it by traffic going to the church and Mayo Clinic Health System.

Johnson said New Prague starts early on its street projects so the city can get a bid in before construction companies have filled up their schedules for next summer.