The Beloit City Council met this week and heard reports on several key city issues from City Manager Jason Rabe alongside an otherwise light agenda.
“The East Main Street project contractor is working hard to meet the substantial completion date of July 21. We have notified the contractor that we will hold firm to the July 21 date with the potential for liquidated damages for each day past that date,” Rabe said.
As it stands, the curb will be going in this week on Phase 2, with it being open to traffic mid-week the week of July 10. Phase 3 will commence shortly thereafter. Once that phase is finished there will be work still to complete on final grade, sidewalks, street lights, and seeding.
Rabe shared that he met with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on June 30 for about two hours. They went through the most recent review comments from the city’s January 17 submittal of information in order clarify any sticking points.
“Overall we feel that we have a workable route to approval for our proposed change in disinfection process,” Rabe said. Adding, “Our team was also able to initiate an informal waste stream summary review which will help us in our water treatment plant exploration.”
In formal actions, the council approved another application for additional Safe Routes To School sidewalks, this would put sidewalks in on the north and south sides of Walnut, Bell, and Poplar Streets. The first phase was let for bid through KDOT in June and came in high. The city is asking for it to be rebid, and they will make adjustments to the project scope to help bring it under budget. The formal application will be presented for approval at the next council meeting. The current estimated cost of the project is $542,786.
The council was informed of an impending manhole installation on Hersey/K14 near Court St. There is currently limited access to a sewer main in this location, so that access will be replaced with a manhole.
This has been permitted and approved through KDOT. Work will commence in mid-July, and it will require traffic control during the few days it is under construction.
The water main replacement along Bell Street is moving along as scheduled. The project is scheduled to be finished before school starts and crews are currently about half-way done.
The council then discussed the city’s health insurance renewal. After experiencing a roughly 30 percent increase during last year’s renewal period, the city is seeing another 11.2 percent increase this year. The coming year’s costs are estimated at nearly $900,000 as opposed to $750,000 in the past year. Other plan options and increased employee participation were discussed to help offset the substantial increases. No immediate decision was reached.
The next meeting of the Beloit City Council is scheduled for Tuesday, July 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building in Beloit.