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September 2, 2013

Parks renovations on council agenda

OTTUMWA — With summer at an end, work on getting the parks ready for next season can get started.

The city has several projects on its agenda for Tuesday, beginning with the camping area. RG Construction was the low bidder for paving 13 concrete camping slabs at the Ottumwa Park campground. The bid of $20,800 was the lowest of two bids the city received.

The general fund will cover the costs and work should be complete by the end of October. That's about the same time as work should wrap up on replacement of the Union Park shelter's floor.

That project is being awarded to Turner Concrete for $11,900. The company was the only one of four contractors the city solicited bids from to return a proposal. Included in the work is replacement of the concrete pedestals for the roof and replacement of an existing asphalt sidewalk with a concrete walkway.

Wildwood Park's Shelter No. 3 is also set to get a new floor. Turner Concrete is the recommended recipient of this project, as well, at a price of $8,500.

When complete, the shelter will have a slightly larger floor. The concrete will remain four inches thick, but instead of the current 40-by-20-foot area the shelter will have a 48-by-28-foot floor.

Work on Quincy Avenue is expected to begin this month if the city council approves the contract. The project covers reconstruction work from Highway 34 north to the city limits. Work is scheduled to start the second week of September.

Fye Excavating, Inc., bid $401,749 for the work. Capital improvements funding will cover $383,000 of the cost, but that falls short of the full cost. The city says two options exist for covering the rest. One is to reallocate funding from other projects, while the second is to add it to future CIP bonds.

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