July 29, 2016
July has been a busy and exciting time. We have watched two National Conventions, attended the County Fair and now we are thinking about all the projects we have to finish up before we are once again blessed with the best season of the year.
I have been fielding questions lately regarding the Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) as well as fifth street plans. Fifth street is on schedule for later in the fall. The council has decided that the road is in poor enough condition that we are going to start the process of reclaiming the road early. The first stage of the reclaiming effort will be to revert the existing road surface back to gravel. This gravel will be used as the new road bed. We will not be able to place any agents on this gravel to control dust because that would “contaminate” the quality of the gravel and interfere with the new road surface. This first phase will happen within the next few weeks. The completion of this project is scheduled sometime in the fall (probably September). The city was able to get a discount on this project if we were flexible in our time line and allowed the contractors to fit this into their existing work schedules. The project for this fall will include the upper half of fifth street from Mantor drive out to the city limits. This year's project will not include the bike path because of some separation requirements between the road surface and the trail. The city is still looking at all options for the trail along fifth street and hopes to include that as part of next year's bottom half of the street project.
The WWTP project is still on-track for early next year. The Environmental impact study “comment period” for both the Mantorville portion as well as the Kasson portion has been completed and we are waiting notification of any concerns discovered. The city looked at bidding options and asked for proposals for an early completion (January 2016) as well as a on-time completion (Summer 2017) while this project was attractive to many construction firms the city did not receive any bids for the early work. The projects in Kasson look to be on track for a Summer of 17 completion as well so a January completion date for Mantorville would have been of little value as it turns out.
I am looking forward to another Marigold days which is quickly approaching and I hope to see all of you down there for this years celebration.
Yours in service,
Mayor - City of Mantorville