A bid to demolish two city-owned houses and outbuildings has been awarded to Wells Excavation and Farming.
The house at 1390 East 3rd Street is located across from Stafford Lane and is on the route proposed for future extension of Stafford Lane to Pioneer Road.
Steve Glammeyer, utilities/public works director, reports the house was recently vacated and is not in good condition.
The property at 602 West 4th Street is located next to the public works building and is on the proposed future extension of Kellogg Street to 5th Street. The house was purchased in July at the price of $45,000.
"The city took on the first step of the demolition process by hiring an asbestos inspector to evaluate the condition of each property," Glammeyer said in a memo to city council members. "The 1390 East 3rd Street property was found to have minimal asbestos that requires removal prior to demolition. The 602 West 4th Street property was found to have extensive amounts of asbestos requiring an asbestos abatement contract for removal prior to demolition."
Wells' low bid of $35,697.77 includes asbestos abatement, as well as demolition of both homes. The project won't be completed until 2016.
A total of four bids were received, the highest coming in at $64,100.
At a recent council meeting, Glammeyer was congratulated for saving the city a considerable amount of money on the purchase of used equipment.
A new digger/derrick truck for municipal light and power was slated for purchase in 2016, at a budgeted cost of $180,000. Glammeyer and Rod Myers, fleet/facilities manager, located a used digger at a cost of $76,900.
Staff members traveled to Denver to inspect the 2007 truck, which has 52,423 miles and 869 PTO hours. They determined it would fit the city's needs.
Glammeyer said the department has money left to cover the purchase in 2015.
"Replacing the truck will lower maintenance/repair costs and provide safe and dependable equipment for city staff's use," Glammeyer said.
Council members were pleased to free up $180,000 for other expenses in 2016.