The Ottumwa Courier


July 2, 2013

City gives houses a chance at rehab


The council also awarded the contract for the sidewalk drop and detectable warning installation project to DeLong Construction Inc., of Washington.

"In order to be in compliance with ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act] requirements, any time you come up to an intersection where you have a sidewalk that parallels the road and intersects with an existing curb ... you have to either grind and drop the curb or remove it to where there's a small lip," said Public Works Director Larry Seals. "That also allows them to re-install the sidewalk and slope it at certain grades."

The detectable warnings are the colored raised areas in the concrete of the slope into the intersection.

"The raised areas are for people who are partially blind," he said. "Some people can pick up color, others can pick up texture."

The council also awarded the contract for the East Court Street Reconstruction Project to Fye Excavating Inc., of Sperry.

The base bid of more than $497,000 with normal seeding was accepted by the council, though Seals did present an alternate bid item for seeding and watering that would have increased the project cost by nearly $11,900.

"Because of all the issues we had on Chester and Ferry, we put into the contract normal seeding and an alternate item for sodding and watering," he said. "We recommend to just go with the regular seeding, but we wanted to show you the cost difference."

Seals said the city received several complaints about seeding in recent projects on Chester Avenue and Ferry Street, which prompted him to include the alternate item in the bids.

"It gives us a clearer picture," he said. "We can sit and speculate or we can put it in the bids and have a true dollar amount."

— To follow reporter Chelsea Davis on Twitter, head to @ChelseaLeeDavis.


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