Public Works Director Jeff Bodoh reported on the status of the future city garage at Monday night’s public works meeting.
He informed members that Keller Inc. received estimates from Van Handel Excavating to fix the bad soils at the site. The estimated cost included removing 600 cubic yards below the proposed building foundations, and replacing with engineered fill compacted in place at $10,800.
He reported that the actual slab of the building would not require removal of bad soils.
The geotechnical report done this summer revealed an organic soil (peat) found on the south side of the property, which is planned, for asphalt pavement. Bodoh reported that in order to remove the peat, they would first have to remove 4,000 cubic yards of clay, to get at the 2,000 cubic yards of peat.
“The 4,000 cubic yards of clay can be put back and topped with stone backfill,” said Bodoh. “The estimate for this work is $56,000.
The peat in the parking lot could be addressed without removing the peat if the city is willing to take the risk of future settling by handling the way they treat roads with breaker run over the top and letting it sit for a while before paving.
City Administrator Kent Hager said $56,000 is a considerable amount to spend considering it is just a parking lot. He recommended addressing the parking lot issue without the additional excavation costs.
Committee members did not make a decision. The item was for discussion only at this time.
Bodoh also reported that he received a bid for demolition of the current city garage.
“We wanted to see how much it might cost if the demolition of the garage (after the new garage is complete) was included in the construction project. Keller Inc. received a bid from Van Handel Excavating for $71,784. The estimate included an asbestos allowance and utility disconnection.
The asbestos allowance part of the bid was $10,000 and the utility disconnect allowance was $5,000 of the total bid.
Committee member Bob Besaw asked if the city could look into plowing the streets when the weather is warm, even if it is on a weekend. He said this would avoid ice situations after temperatures cool back down, such as what the area dealt with this past Saturday and Sunday.
Other committee members agreed that this would save on the use of salt, and make sense.
Bodoh reported that crews would be working at salting and scraping the ice throughout this week. He said he would compare the overtime, and call in costs, versus using extra salt in those incidents.
The committee approved an Emerald Ash Borer agreement with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection that will allow city crews to transport quarantined hardwood to an approved receiving facility. Currently all Outagamie County residents of the city are required to place their brush and tree trimmings at an approved quarantine site in the Northeast New London Business Park. Waupaca County residents in the city may still use the cemetery site to dispose of brush and tree trimmings.