City to hear bids for $270K sanitary sewer project
By Rick Morain
The Jefferson City Council on Tuesday set the date of its next meeting Nov. 22 to select a bidder for the proposed sanitary sewer lining project in the southeast quadrant of town.
Bids are due Tuesday, Nov. 15. Engineer’s cost estimate for the project is $272,550, with two alternates that would add another $108,200. The area to be served lies within a quadrant from Russell Avenue north to Lincoln Way and from Wilson Avenue east to Cedar Street.
The resolution approving the schedule, plans, specifications, form of contract, and cost estimate followed a public hearing on the project, with no oral or written comments received.
OTHER NOTABLE ACTION
• In other action, the council approved a façade improvement grant application in the amount of $102,544.26 for the downtown building at 100 East State, which houses The Centennial restaurant at the northwest corner of the square.
The council earlier had approved an application for $89,635 for the project. The difference of $12,909.26 for the replacement grant is the result of additional costs for painting and materials.
• The council approved three depositories for city funds, each at a maximum of $15 million: Home State Bank, Peoples Bank, and Heartland Bank. Heartland Bank, a newer bank in Jefferson, was added to the depository list at the meeting.
• The council by resolution wrote off bad debt of $15,940.53 for calendar year 2013-14. Similar action had been taken for several earlier years at previous council meetings. City administrator Mike Palmer said one more such write off will take place in the near future.
The council approved Pay Estimate No. 7 in the amount of $78,249.79 to Jensen Builders Ltd. for the new Greene County animal shelter.
Sidewalk reimbursement of $2,400 was approved for Sloan Plumbing and Heating.
• The council briefly reviewed the city’s financial position for the first quarter of the 2022-23 fiscal year (July-September). In general, both revenues and expenditures are in line with their expected numbers for the quarter: about 25 percent of their projected totals for the fiscal year.
• The new animal shelter is expected to be completed by the end of next week.
• The city library board will present its proposal for library improvements at the Nov. 22 council meeting.
• The council approved the quarterly appropriation for Greene County Development Corporation. The organization’s executive director, Ken Paxton, said that two developers visited the county in recent weeks to discuss major housing projects for the community, one of which would construct 30 to 50 free-standing townhouse rentals.