The Manawa Common Council approved a bid of $94,150 from Ruzick Construction to repair the Manawa Dam Monday, Aug. 27.
The bid was one of three bids received. The other bids were for $167,472 and $183,545.
A letter from Mead & Hunt, the engineering firm in charge of the project, stated that the drawdown has revealed that the dam needs more concrete rehabilitation than originally thought. Ruzick Construction will charge $48 per square foot for any concrete rehabilitation needed that is above the bid price.
Frank Jaeger, director of Public Works, said the drawdown should be complete by this weekend, and repairs to the dam should be start in the “next week or two.”
Cheryl Hass, city clerk, also informed the council that roughly 500 mussels have been found during the dam project, but no stranded fish were found.
In other business, the council voted unanimously to approve a fireworks permit for Terry Johnson to use fireworks at Manawa High School on Sept. 14, which will be the first home football game for the Manawa Wolves at the new Manawa Activity Complex.
Jaeger informed the council that there are three areas on the City Hall and Fire Station roofs that need to be repaired. The repairs will be done by Dennison Building Supply. The cost of the repairs will be $34.95 per hour plus the cost of materials.
Jaeger also informed the council that some unexpected problems developed during the Mill Street project. The last block of the project could not be blacktopped because of issues with the ground. He said the existing gravel will have to be removed and replaced. Then 12 inches of breaker run will be added, along with a good base.
Jaeger said this will put the project $23,400 above the original cost of the project, but there is enough money in the budget to cover it. The total cost of the project is now roughly $103,000. The city did receive a grant for slightly more than $29,000 for the project.
Soil boring tests were not done for the Mill Street project, Jaeger said. He recommended soil boring tests be done for the Union Street project.