The Alta City Council made no change in their decision to access $5,100 in liquidated damages by R & R Excavating for work rendered at the new housing development.
At its recent council meeting, engineer Bob Payer appeared with Brett Reiner, president of R & R Excavating. Reiner was disputing the damages brought fourth by the council for work not completed in the allowable time in the amount of $300 per day for 17 days. Reiner contended that the late completion of the project was due to weather and a change request by the city.
The matter was discussed in length. The council was of the opinion that the project could have been completed within the 90 days allowed. The council complimented Reiner and his employees for their work on the project but showed concern that the subcontractor was not on site working when he should have been therefore the final seeding was not complete.
Council members authorized Mayor Tom French to sign the Certificate of Substantial Completion for the Eighth Addition and gave final acceptance to the infrastructure project.
Change order #3 was approved, reducing the amount of the contract for the Eighth Addition infrastructure by $18,312, the amount allowed for final grading and seeding.
The council gave the mayor the authority to sign the Supplemental Contract for the Eighth Addition in that amount for the spring seeding and grading contract, with the completion date being May 15. After that date, liquidated damages of $300 per day may be assessed.
Gigi Nelson and Joan Curbow, members of the Library Board next appeared before the Council to discuss software, which could be used to research book availability online. Nelson and Curbow gave a slide presentation showing features of the software and they reported that the since the school and city are both participants in the community library, the school has asked that the Library Board pay the annual software licensing fee. They said that they've asked the school for a written agreement regarding the matter and waiting to hear back from them. Both noted back from them. Both noted that they are looking at possibilities to offer more to the community and enhance opportunities, in regard to the library operation.
Mayor French then appointed Dawn Hill to a vacancy on the Library Board, filling an unexpired term.
Mayor French reported that he is working with contractors to prepare bid specs for a new roof for the community building. Those will be available for review at a future meeting.
Compass Point, formerly known as Northwest Iowa Alcoholism and Drug Treatment, has requested a contribution of financial support. It was noted that for the last four years the city has contributed $780 annually. The council agreed to make the contribution.
The council accepted a bid of $29,000 for lot 19 in the new addition received from Tom and Lynn Hall. No other offers have been received.
Police Chief McDonald distributed his monthly police report. He said that a bill would be coming for an in-car video camera, the cost of which will be reimbursed by a grant. Warnings have been put on vehicles parked overnight on streets, warning of the upcoming winter parking ban. Code enforcement officer Michehl reported six new building permits for the month. Thirty-three notices to comply were sent and all but one cooperated.
In other business the council:
* approved the request for an additional handicap stall on the east side of the Trinity Lutheran Church. The request is to add a stall to the north of the present handicap area.
* approved the removal of a tree on the south parking at 418 Lake Street that is chained to prevent the tree from splitting. The tree removal request was made in November by Wes Bunjes.
* approved the Class C beer permit for Casey's store.