The Dysart City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, September 12, with all members aside from Tim Glenn present.
The first order of business was the acceptance of bids for the Talmage Street Sewer project. Six bids were submitted, with all bidders including the appropriate bid bond. The bids were: Schoon Construction ($91,562.90), Con-Struct Inc. ($81.055.30), Reilly Construction ($69,939.90), Hatch Grading ($66,854.70), PCI ($88,313.50), and Horsfield Construction ($56,422.90) with the lowest bid, pending a final review by the engineer.
Resolution No. 2012-20 was passed after a motion was made by Zeien and seconded by Hennessy.
Public Works Superintendant Steve Hix updated the council on the draining of the pool, which is set to be winterized. Jason Dunagan gave the police report, which detailed that both squad cars were down at the same time, but have since been returned to service.
One of the big issues facing Dysart has been the repeated vandalism of the cemetery, which occurred again last week. The police department and the county sheriff are aware of the problem and will be taking steps to cut down on the chances of it happening again.
The Dysart Fire Department will be looking to replace its pumper in the near future, which will come at a significant cost, but will allow the department to have a worry-free vehicle and keep up-to-date for state inspections. Fire Chief Bredehoeft also recommended to the council that the city consider adding a generator with enough capacity to heat and cool the Community Building, Ambulance Building and Fire Station in the event of a town-wide emergency. Pricing will be provided at a future meeting.
There were more concerns brought forth regarding the open burning regulations, which added to a complaint from a resident voiced to several council members prior to the previous meeting. The council agreed to publish a reminder about existing regulations.
The council accepted the Dysart Park Board's suggestion that the new scoreboard be donated by the Schutterle family.
According to Mayor Thiele, the city is now the owner of the Manatt's/Railroad property on Estelle Street. The city obtained a quote of $5,300 to remove the building, which would include demolition and haul-off of concrete and other materials. A motion was made by Brandt and seconded by Wankowicz to approve the quote from Hatch Grading & Contracting to demolish the building. The motion passed unanimously.
The city shop building is in need of steel, and Steve Hix will be obtaining pricing from CNC Lumber before reporting his findings at next month's meeting.
Among the other items up for discussion at the October meeting will be the bids for snow removal on city property.
City Clerk Roxanne Schneider will be attending the IMFOA conference in Des Moines next month. The next meeting of the council is Wednesday, October 10, at 7 p.m.