The Council approved a change order to add $2,665 to the original cost of street repairs and improvements from J. Carroll Weaver, Inc., for the addition of paving Hopkins Street.
Hopkins Street runs between Gilbert and Elwood streets and previously had road base put on the surface, but was not on the original plan to be paved.
“We had two unpaved streets left and that was one of the two,” said Mayor Brent Houdmann about Hopkins. “It was only a short stretch. We’re just trying to get all the streets paved and make sure they’re done right, while we had the money and the pavement company here. After we looked at it, and the company was already here, we decided to just get it done.”
Street repairs have been an issue at the forefront of the city due to increased volume of traffic and heavy trucks coming through the city, causing damage and wear to city streets.
Additionally, streets are being paved also to overall improve and upgrade city infrastructure, according to city officials.
Also during the meeting, the council heard a presentation from Julian Bielawski of LNV Engineering regarding preliminary engineering plans for the city’s wastewater plant.
The city had been approved for a grant for wastewater plant repairs and enhancements and is currently reviewing engineering proposals.