BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – A public hearing on a $1.55 million project to redo the sidewalks and curbing has been pulled from the city’s Tuesday City Council meeting agenda.
According to Mayor Brad Randolph, bids for the project have come in close to double the available funding.
HR Green, Inc. out of Cedar Rapids has been handling the project for the city, and Randolph said the project is being “reassessed”.
“It’s very frustrating,” he said.
The project included putting in new sidewalks, curbing, permeable pavers, and storm water enhancements along the north and south sides of Avenue G. The pavers would go back about six feet, with the rest of the sidewalks to the buildings being new concrete.
The funding source comes from the interest that would have been paid to the state on loans taken out to rehab the city’s waste water treatment plant. So instead of paying interest on those loans, the city can use what amounts to a refund of the interest on those waste water treatment loans, up to $1.55 million, to fund the project.
The work was originally suggested to cover from 6th Street to 10th Street along the downtown portion of Avenue G. However, estimates on the work required several scale backs, including lighting and other amenities along the tract of work.
Officials have come to the council several times indicating the project was over budget for the available funds. Bids for the work went out in January.