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City sidewalk repair program returning

The city is beginning its 2019 sidewalk improvement district project. Bids for the project were opened April 1. Winn Construction provided the low bid of $214,980, City Engineer Craig Kubas reported to city commissioners at their Tuesday meeting....

The City of Dickinson ranked 6th on a 'Best Places to Live in America' list released by Time's Money Magazine on Monday morning. (Grady McGregor / The Dickinson Press)
The City of Dickinson ranked 6th on a 'Best Places to Live in America' list released by Time's Money Magazine on Monday morning. (Grady McGregor / The Dickinson Press)

The city is beginning its 2019 sidewalk improvement district project.

Bids for the project were opened April 1. Winn Construction provided the low bid of $214,980, City Engineer Craig Kubas reported to city commissioners at their Tuesday meeting.

"Staff has reviewed the bid and everything looks in order," Kubas said.

The project is budgeted at $215,000, the same amount the project was granted in 2018.

Every year, the city targets areas that need sidewalks installed or repaired.

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"Our quantities vary depending on how many applications we get," Kubas said.

The program is open to the public and has been well received.

Private property owners can apply to use the city's contractor to construct their sidewalks, then repay the city through special assessments placed on the property.

"We've advertised it and already gotten four applications," Kubas said. "It seems like, with public interest, we've been building awareness of the program."

The City of Dickinson installed 3,488 linear feet of sidewalk in 2018.

Dickinson Parks & Recreation Department also participated in the program, installing 1,808 linear feet of new sidewalk.

With a budget of $60,000, the department went over that amount by $4,634.

In other business:

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The city approved bids for improvements to Lift Station 1, at 500 Broadway E.

Lift stations pull water from underground wells and redirect it for city use. Of Dickinson's 21 lift stations, Lift Station 1 is the most critical.

Public Works Director Gary Zuroff said the project received three bids total, with the lowest from CC Steel at $1,762,065.

Apex Engineering estimated the project at a cost of $1.85 million.

This is the second time this project has been bid, Zuroff said.

"The first bid tabulation resulted in only electrical contract bids," he said. "We had determined discussions on our next step and it was decided to rebid the project."

Engineering fees for the second bidding for the lift station were $8,100.

Commissioners also approved amending an ordinance relating to permits and inspection of mobile home units.

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Ordinance 1674 allows the city building inspector to inspect mobile home units.

This follows an ordinance passed earlier this year granting the city the ability to license mobile home parks.

The change was suggested by Building Inspector Leonard Schwindt after the North Dakota Department of Commerce requested clearer language, City Attorney Jan Murtha told commissioners.

"After speaking with Mr. Schwindt earlier today, after this first reading, he's going to share this with the Department of Commerce to confirm there's no further language requests," Murtha said. "Prior to the second reading, if there are, however, we'll bring it back at that time."

No objections from the public were made.

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