April 24, 2018

Carroll’s U.S. Highway 30 and Grant Road intersection improvements are expected to last one day longer after City Council approved a change to the project’s structure.

A change order to the road project’s plan replaces a planned concrete pipe with a pipe arch, as well as adding the disconnection of utilities to the former Subway location. The adjustment adds $4,434 and one working day to the project, bringing the total cost to $1,454,269.78. Council members approved the changes during their Monday meeting.

The project will add east- and westbound left-turn lanes on U.S. Highway 30 at Grant Road, improving what the Department of Transportation classified several years ago as one of Iowa’s 100 most-dangerous intersections.

During its Monday meeting, the council also recognized new Public Works Water Division employee Mike Killeen.

In other news, the council approved:

— an amendment to the current fiscal year’s budget addressing routine changes, including parks, tree and Carroll Recreation Center projects, donations to the police department’s K-9 fund and more, after a public hearing that drew no comments.

— a loan agreement for $205,000, plus about $500 in interest, with low-interest bidder United Bank of Iowa at a rate of 2.875 percent to pay for trail improvements. The loan will be repaid in 30 days with funds from the city’s levy debt service. Iowa law requires funds to be borrowed for any project using debt service levy funds.

— the purchase of three Ram pickup trucks from Wittrock Motor Company for use by the Water and Street divisions and Parks Department, for a total cost of $61,718, with an addition of a RamBox Cargo Management System — a space installed along the sides of the truck bed to store supplies — on two of the trucks for $1,178 each.

— the purchase of a medium-duty truck from O’Halloran International for $136,341, minus a credit of $400 to mount a roll tarp on the truck’s dump body rather than a cab shield.

the purchase of a 72-inch front-mount mower for the Public Works Wastewater Division from Rueter’s Red Power for $19,800, using $18,500 that had been budgeted for the purchase, with the remainder being funded from the Sewer Utility Fund.