The Storm Lake City Council took care of a number of items of business Monday, including approving three contracts for construction of the Kolb Memorial Gardens.
The garden will be contracted out to Lundell Construction Company, Steve Tate Construction and Taylor Contracting, which are all local companies, said Development Director Mike Wilson. Each contractor will be working on a portion of the construction.
The garden was originally located approximately where King's Pointe's indoor water park is but had to be destroyed to allow for construction.. Wilson said he hopes to have projects completed by the middle of June. The projects will begin as soon as the mechanical parts for the fountain come in. "We have an obligation, to build this in a grand fashion," said Wilson. He said he hopes the community will feel the same way about the garden when completed.
According to Wilson, originally when the plans for the garden were completed they were included with a request for a proposal with Larson and Larson Construction with an intent to include the work as a change order in the lighthouse contract. The company declined the project. The City also looked at possibly bidding the construction as a stand alone project.
The current plans include 5,000 square feet for planting which will include about 900 trees, shrubs, bulbs and perennials and about 660 annual flowers. In addition to the lighted fountain, the project will also include colored and stamped walkways, granite boulders and six benches. The total estimated cost of the garden and fountain is estimated at costing about about $115,000.
*The City approved a noise variance for "Jump Right In and Run" Event 2008. The new event is scheduled for Aug. 31, 2008 and will include a half-marathon along with a 5K run and walk. The event will also include entertainment and food booths. The event will begin and end around King's Pointe.
*A public hearing was set for May 19 at 5:00 p.m. for the 2007-2008 Fiscal Year Budget Amendment.