TK Concrete has been awarded the paving and sidewalk contracts for 2013-14, following action taken at Monday’s regular Knoxville City Council meeting.
The council budgeted $200,000 for small paving projects around the City. TK’s bid was for approximately $184,000 and was the low bid. Only two were received, and the other was for $188,000.
Councilor Tim Pitt asked Assistant City Manager Dylan Feik to share with the council all bids received. The council has a policy of awarding contracts to local contractors, if their bid is more costly than another contractor, if the difference is within a percentage. According to Pitt, local contractors have submitted bids within these guidelines, but their bids were not presented to council for consideration. Feik said he would be glad to share all bids with council and suggested tabling the award of the paving contract to give local bidders more time to make an offer.
TK was the only bidder for the sidewalk contract. Council budgeted $140,000 for the next fiscal year for this work, and $70,000 remains leftover in the current fiscal year. TK bid $209,000 and will cover the east side of Highway 14, the north side of Pleasant Street and will begin immediately.
Other council notes:
• Approved Christopher Des Planques as a member of the Knoxville Police Department Reserves.
• Approved special event applications for Knoxville Farmers’ Market, Knoxville Noon Kiwanis and the Knoxville Fireworks Foundation.
• Council discussed the sale of property at 201 West Montgomery, but no action was taken. The City has received an offer $13,500 for the property. The City acquired this land by purchasing the house and demolishing it. This was not included in the Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant spending. A public hearing is expected at a future meeting. The hearing is required before the sale can take place.
• Approved the second reading of code amendments regarding nuisances.
• Approved a resolution setting a date for the sale of $3.5 million in general obligation bonds. City Manager Harold Stewart planned to meet with the City’s bonding agent, PFM and Moody’s, regarding the City’s credit rating, on Wednesday. The bonds will be used to pay for the next phase of the Downtown Streetscape project.
• Approved a letter to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to continue the Urban Deer Management Hunt. Years ago, the City requested this to allow skilled bow hunters, who have passed a specialized course and received necessary credentials, to hunt within the City limits. Too many deer were getting into local lawns.
• Approved plans, specifications, form of contract, notice to bidders, estimate of costs and ordering of bids for the demolition and asbestos removal at 613 West Main and 1103 East Robinson.
• Approved a work order with Snyder and Associates to inspect potential housing sites in Knoxville. Stewart asked the engineer to do this, which will cost $4,750. The City does not have a Public Works Director and has entered into an agreement with Snyder to serve as engineers in such endeavors.
• Feik reported that the City’s internship program is expected to grow this summer.
• Police Chief Dan Losada reported that, until Officer Randy Puyear’s retirement at the end of the month, the department is at full strength. Losada will also instruct a course on law enforcement at Knoxville’s career academy.
• Fire Chief Nick Bonstell reported that the collection process for EMS Billing has been updated. The City should expect the figures to be at approximately $23,000 for the first month of the new process, but should fall to $15,000 a month as things move forward. Bonstell is also working to implement a formal inspection process for buildings, to comply with the Universal Fire Code. The City has not had a formal inspection process prior to this.
• The council went into closed session to discuss potential litigation. Mayor Don Zoutte reported that no action was taken after the council returned to open session.
• The next regular council meeting will be Monday, May 20, at 6:15 p.m.