Council update: Gladbrook accepts Fifth St. project bid

The city of Gladbrook will see some improvements along a portion of 5th street as bids for a curb and gutter project were received and accepted during the council’s regular meeting on Feb. 8.

A public hearing was also held for the street project and no objections were received from the public.

The paving project will take place on 5th Street between Washington Street and King Street where water runoff has been more of an issue than in other areas.

Benefits of raised concrete curbs and a gutter system are to help prolong the life of the street itself. The weakest part of a paved street are along the edges of the concrete where the street is most vulnerable to damage from vehicles. The curbs will reinforce the street from vehicles as well as storm water.

Storm drains and resurfacing will also be completed as part of the project.

The concrete construction contract for the curb and gutter project was awarded to Hudson Hardware Plumbing and Heating out of Hudson, Iowa. Their bid of $47,068 was the lowest bid among a group of 12 contractors from around the region.

Public hearings were set for the annual budget process. The Maximum Levy Public Hearing is set for March 8 at 7 p.m. and the Final Budget Public Hearing is set for March 22 at 7 p.m.

The council approved a contract with Liquid Engineering for routine cleaning to be conducted on the city water tower.

During the upcoming meeting on March 22 the council will conduct a work session to discuss a capital improvement plan for the city. Capital improvement plans are typically short-range goals and guidelines to help organizations schedule financing for things like infrastructure projects and equipment purchases.