Swanville’s water and street project nears completion

Finishing to be done in spring

By Liz Verley, Staff Writer

While completion of the Swanville’s water and street project was expected to be completed in October, the City Council learned Tuesday that it will carry over into the spring of 2014.

Mike Rude representing Widseth Smith Nolting told the Council that while all the water hookups had been completed, the second lift of concrete on driveways and on Third Street would have to wait until spring. There would also be some touch-up items that would be completed at that time.

Councilman Jim Molitor expressed his frustration about the project.

“They (Larson Excavating Contractors Inc., Holdingford) signed a contract and have not finished the project on time,” said Molitor. “Sooner or later they need to be responsible. They did not have enough employees working on this project. They have not even completed their work in their own town. Is this any way to run a business?”

Rude said, “The work they have completed is good.”

The project known as the Rhoda Avenue Water Project included water main and

sidewalk installation, replacement and restoration on Rhoda Street from First Street to Sixth Street; Fifth Street from Highway 28 to Berkey and Third Street from Berkey to the water tower. This project updated the water distribution system constructed in 1930 – 1931.

Action taken in connection with the project included approving a disbursement to Larson Excavating for $324,868.53. This is the fourth payment on the project. Molitor voted against the motion to make the payment.

Assessments for those owning property along the project were also approved in the total amount of $174,860.

Assessments shall be payable in equal annual installments extending over 20 years at an interest rate of 2.5 percent.

Property owners may also pay the whole assessment with interest accrued.

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In other business, Tuesday, the Swanville City Council:

• Agreed to pay Jessie Hedin $15 an hour for 54 hours of watering the plants on Main Street; and

• Held a closed meeting to discuss employee issues.

The next regular meeting of the Swanville City Council is Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Swanville Community Center.