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Paulsen paving bid under engineer quote

City Council commits to added Lake Avenue improvements

Gothenburg City Council members are on the same page that added improvements to a Lake Avenue paving project, such as a larger water line and sidewalks, will only grow costlier.

At their April 3 meeting, members wasted no time in giving the job to Paulsen, Inc. of Cozad, whose bid of $607,039 was 1.5% lower than a $616,501 estimate by city engineer Miller & Associates Consulting Engineers of Kearney.

The only other bid was from Blessing LLC of Kearney, for $798,565.

Initially, $414,800 was budgeted to re-pave Lake, between Fourth and Seventh streets, but the price rose nearly $200,000 after improvements were added.

Miller engineer Travis Mason said parts of the sewer also need repaired, plus replacement of three blocks of water main and boring under the tail race at the Fourth Street and Avenue D intersection.

Council president Jeff Kennedy pointed out that the city is always trying to attract new business.

“We’ll have areas more accessible with sidewalks in place,” Kennedy said. “We need to add these things to make it more usable in the future and it’s not going to get any cheaper.”

Other council members agreed.

Mason said any additions could be deleted from the list to keep costs down. However he noted that a larger, 12-inch water line is important for businesses, and potential businesses, near the I-80 interchange, that can be connected to a water main at a later date.

City administrator Bruce Clymer said $500,000 of the cost has been budgeted in a miscellaneous fund. Where bond payments for construction will be taken from the budget will be discussed during budget talks at the end of the summer, he added.

The project will begin soon and is expected to be finished in mid August.

Following two public hearings, prior to the regular meeting the council passed resolutions that approved engineer plans, specs and estimates of cost necessity for the project.

Members also approved a resolution that sewer in the area needs improvements and an order to construct it.

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