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City to move into design phase for new Judge Lewis pool
The process to build a new pool at Judge Lewis Park took a major step forward Monday evening as the Mount Ayr City Council selected Waters Edge Aquatic Design of Kansas City to oversee the project. Both Waters Edge and JEO Consulting Group of Ankeny gave a presentation to the council before the final selection was made.
The council was swayed by a number of issues, but Water Edge’s firm price of $280,000 for their services seemed to be important.
JEO gave a cost estimate of $330,000 for their services but that amount could increase or decrease with how much the city uses their services.
The city saw not only the possible savings but the assurance of their costs for the project without surprises. The council also liked the fact that Waters Edge has working relationships with a number of different contractors.
It was an unanimous vote.
Recent projects completed by Water Edge include the City of Hubbard, City of Muscatine and the City of Ankeny. In all, the company has done over 800 different projects. Water design is all the company does.
The council also approved a Geotechnical Site Survey and a Topographical Site Survey which must be completed before the project can begin construction.
The next major steps are to finalize a design, do a bid letting and begin construction. If all goes as planned, the pool would be ready for use in the summer of 2025.
In other action at the meeting:
• The council tabled for now a public hearing on changing the zoning ordinance.
• Approved Hy-Vee’s request for a Class E Alcohol License.
• Approved a pay request for the Wastewater & Drinking Financial Assistance Program.
• Set a public hearing for November 6 at 6 p.m. on a proposal to enter into a General Obligation Loan Agreement and to Borrow Money Thereunder.
• Borrowed $105,000 from themselves to repair the city garbage truck. The money will be repaid through revenues garnered from refuse services.
• Made the final payment of just over $6,500 with reservations about the quality of grass seeding after completion of the project. The city may undergo the warrant process if the seeding doesn’t take hold in the spring.
• Administrator Brent Wise said the city has hauled the street sweeper to Des Moines and they are awaiting an estimate on repair costs.