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Blackduck Council holds special meeting for street project

Members of the Blackduck City Council met with Widseth Smith Nolting Engineering Technician Steve Pemble Aug. 15 to talk about ways to save costs on the Industrial Lane street project.

Members of the Blackduck City Council met with Widseth Smith Nolting Engineering Technician Steve Pemble Aug. 15 to talk about ways to save costs on the Industrial Lane street project.

"Last week Curt met with City Maintenance Supervisor Bob Klug Jr. and City Administrator Karin Elhard to get some ideas to lower the cost of the project," Pemble said.

"They also talked with Gerit Hanson and he talked with his subs. He heard from his concrete guy about dropping the quantity of concrete needed for the project in order to save some money."

They revised the plan, going from 16" of Class 5 gravel down to 12" of Class 5 and took out the surmountable curb on the very end of the street.

"We also took out culverts that Bob said could be done at a later date. We have 8" concrete on the Anderson side and dropped it to 6" pavement," said Pemble.

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Blackduck Mayor Jason Riggs asked Pemble what it would do to go from 16" of Class 5 down to 12".

"It's basically what you have done on the other projects here," Pemble explained. "It's basically what was done on Railroad Ave. and Fourth Street."

"What did we save by that four inches?" asked councilmember Daryl Lundberg,

"Quite a bit, actually," Pemble said. "Almost $10,000."

Pemble went on to explain how the project would be done to help with the drainage on the road.

He also explained that the topsoil would be dropped down on the disturbed areas which would also save some money.

"With these changes, it figured out to be about $20,000," Pemble said. "As long as the contractor is ok with it, we should be ok. There's nothing really left to cut," he said.

Elhard explained the different funding options with the first option leaving the proposed special assessments as they are at $75,213. The optional funding scenario would see the special assessments revised to the tune of $90,000.

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Following a discussion on which would be the best option to take, the council opted to take the optional funding scenario, only after asking Steve Cochems of Anderson Fabrics if he was ok with the city taking that option to do the street project. He had no objection.

The project, which was awarded to Gerit Hanson Construction, is expected to start the Tuesday after Labor Day and be completed by Oct. 15.

"Thanks for being a part of this Steve," said Riggs.

"This is a good leadership group," said Cochems. "There was lots here to work through and you did a good job!"

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