Present were Arnold Knox, Director of Streets; Jim Bodenhamer, Paige Evans, Jennifer Baker and Susan Stockton, Committee members.
Arnie shared a picture of the new Caterpillar Cold Planer Milling Machine with the Committee. It was purchased at a price of $448,000 and he hopes to have it out this week to start milling various streets. The old miller, a Wirtgen brand, will be sold at auction this fall.
The Freedom Hobbs Development at Ozark Avenue has a 50-foot section that will not meet the existing Ozark Avenue. When the developer purchased the land, it did not include that strip of land. Arnie said he has been in contact with the owner, Stewart VanderStek, and a price of $3,750 has been agreed on for the City to purchase that portion of land and complete the street to connect both ends. Arnie announced to the Committee that the city auction will be held on June 7 for vehicles and equipment, June 10 for miscellaneous items. Sealed bids for the 2022 Overlays will be opened Thursday, May 19 at 2:00 p.m. They will include the Spring Park area, along with the Cooper/Louann/Demetree project.
There was a small project at the back of the Plaza along the wall; whenever the small stage was used there for ceremonies, the way it was built, the tire on one side of the trailer was off sidewalk and made ruts. The concrete crew extended the sidewalk and applied an epoxy paint and stenciled bricks to match the existing sidewalk. Asphalt was placed behind the wall, to accommodate the fire trucks whenever they needed to get back there.
The Farmer's Market now has power to the stage when needed. There will eventually be a pavilion and it will have power also. That same concrete crew repoured the driveway aprons going into the Farmer's Market/parking lot.
Sealed bids for the traffic light modification at the intersection of Highway 62 and Club Boulevard are scheduled to be opened at City Hall on Thursday, June 16 at 2:00 p.m. This modification will consist of a left turn lane on Highway 62, there will be a new traffic light head with a green arrow and a complete update to the traffic light controller box. This will give a left turn to both Club Boulevard and Sunset. Arnie anticipates a cost of $60,000 for this project.
The Street Report for April 2022 was reviewed.
The Cooper/Louanne/Demetree rebuild project is going well with the crew working on curbs at this time. The current cost to this project is at $373,978.99. He is hoping to have this completed mid-summer. Arnie said the curbs should be done by June and then have the street with new asphalt. They will then continue with sidewalk and landscaping.
Keller Park ballfields cost is at $254,059.44. All monies will be reimbursed to the Street Department. All drainage, and ½ the concrete is in, and asphalt is going down today. Arnie said the lighting will be going in around August.
Russell Lane is at a standstill right now. The new drainage is working great coming out of Baxter Lab and the water issues have been alleviated with these past rains. Russell Lane is at $41,503.50. When the crew is finished at Keller Park, they will be back to start again at Russell Lane near Breckenridge.
Hickory Park Grant cost is at $186,697.42, which is the work done by the Street Department, including dirt work, all the concrete work. Arnie said the playground is going in at this time. The crew has gone to do the Farmer's Market and Plaza work and will return when the playground is done.
Cooper Park is having concrete poured for the netting at the ballfield. The foundation was poured a few weeks ago and they had the short wall built for the backstop and netting. Our concrete crew went in last week and poured the rest of the concrete at the base of the wall. Final cost to that will be in next month's report. Total to date is $6,489.93.
Maintenance for the month of April 2022 is at $23,882.69 which includes mowing, spraying weeds and trimming limbs besides working on the projects with the concrete crews.
The new Fire Department location was discussed, and Arnie said this summer will start the dirt work for their building.
The Budget Summary was reviewed. The fuel line item was discussed along with inflation, and Arnie thinks that line may go over. He said he will discuss with the Committee around October to transfer money to that line. There was discussion of adding another concrete crew, which will make less of the capital items. Arnie would like to keep the two crews on street projects, and have the third crew working at McCabe Park with the Community Center.