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Wheaton receives bids for sidewalk

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Wheaton City Council received two bids for phase two of the city's sidewalk improvement project at a special meeting on Aug. 5.

Project engineer Kevin Sprenkle, of Sprenkle and Associates in Monett, opened the bids for the project, which will construct a new sidewalk from city hall to the west end of Main Street in Wheaton.

The aldermen received a $370,968.80 bid from Branco Enterprises and a $326,870.50 bid from A-G Construction. Both bids exceeded Sprenkle's project cost estimate, which was $239,244.50.

After extensive discussion, the council voted to table both bids until a future council meeting.

The Wheaton City Council also held its regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 5. During the meeting, the aldermen voted to place a bond issue on the November ballot for the city's water system improvement project.

Tom Moore, of Tri-State Engineering, has estimated that Wheaton's water system improvement project will cost around $800,000. The council hopes to secure low-interest loans through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, USDA-Rural Development and other sources for the project.

If approved, Wheaton's water system improvement project will replace most of the city's water lines and water mains, construct a new standpipe near the Wheaton School and install a new skid-mounted booster pump station to pump water from the west side to the east side of the city.

In other business, the Wheaton City Council:

* Voted to raise the water service deposit from $50 to $65.

* Directed City Clerk Marianne Witt to send several ordinance violation letters to city residents.

* Voted to purchase six new signs and change the speed limit to 25 miles per hour within the Wheaton city limits.

* Heard a proposal on a sign that could be placed at the intersection of Main Street and Highway 86 to promote downtown businesses.

* Voted to hire a full-time city employee at $10 per hour with no insurance benefits.

* Directed Witt to obtain prices for a new copy machine, which will be reviewed at the next meeting.

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