September 15, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Bids were opened Wednesday, August 17 for the Elgin Swimming Pool construction project.
Three bids were received for the project slated to begin later this year.
Bids for Contract 1 and its alternates deal with the actual pool and general construction (pool vessel, decking, bathhouse, shade structures and more). Bids for Contract 2 deal with the pool mechanical construction (Sub-Base material, water features, below & above ground piping and more).
Businesses submitting bids and their figures were:
Mechanical Incorporated of Freeport, IL submitted a bid for Pool Mechanical Construction-Contract #2 only. Their base bid-lump sum submitted was $375,000. Bid Alternate #2-1: Granular Material-Type D (dealing with the Sub-Base material) was add $50 and deduct $25 per cubic yard. Bid Alternate #2-2 (water feature/toddler slide) was $49,600.
Ricchio Inc. of Gurney, IL submitted a combination bid for both Contract 1 and Contract 2. On Contract 1, the base bid-lump sum was $1,649,000. Bid Alternate #1-1 Deck, was $6 per square foot. Bid Alternate #1-2 Granular Material-Type D was $60 total. Bid Alternate #1-3 Bathhouse lump sum bid of $497,700. Bid Alternate #1-4 Shade Structures lump sum bid of $16,500.
Their figures for Contract 2 were Bid Alternate #2-1 Granular Material-Type D was $60 per cubic yard. Bid Alternate #2-2 (water feature/toddler slide) was $16,000. Ricchio also included a list of previous projects they worked on.
Christiansen Construction Co., LLC of Pender, NE submitted a bid for Contract 1 only. Their base bid-lump sum was $1,176,000. Bid Alternate #1-1 was $6.05 per square foot. Bid Alternate #1-2 was an add of $53.26 per cubic yard and a subtract of $39.71 per cubic yard. Bid Alternate #1-3 Bathhouse lump sum bid of $352,973. Bid Alternate #1-4 Shade Structure lump sum bid of $18,367.
Christiansen also included a list of previous projects they worked on.
Previously, the council had planned to review and make a decision on the bids the next day (Thursday).
The project engineer will now review the bids and make a recommendation to the council at their next regular meeting on Tuesday, September 6.
Plans are for the council to award bids that evening.
The Elgin Red Cross Bloodmobile was held Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the KC Hall.
The goal for the bloodmobile visit was to collect 58 units and, by the end of the day the number of units donated came to 56, double red donors contributed 12 of those units.
Receiving award pins were Ben Meis - seven gallons; Craig Niewohner - three gallons and LeAnne Eggers - one gallon.
Other donors were: Tony Levander, Bob Koenig, Patricia Spieker, Denis Henn, Bill Alderson, Phil Starman, Bob Schiltmeyer, Peggy Payne, Ronni Jones, Ron Scholl, Duane Hoefer, Audrey Wondercheck, Paige Nichols, Julie Nichols, Jim Baum, Jim Schindler, Gary Dinslage, Robert Coakes, Barb Bode, Jennifer Bush, Elma McLain, Dave Sullivan, Chris Redding, Larry Borer, Evan Davis, Alois Warner, Vicki Miller, Jenna Parks, Duane Miller, Marvin Meis, Dan Baum, Tyler Childers, Mark Salber, Gerald Scholl, William Eischeid, Lauren Selting, Esther Bush, Vida Sprout, Bonnie Jennings, Dean Henn, Karin Kinney, Morgan Carpenter, LeRoy Kerkman, Dorothy Heithoff, Anna Meis, Tony Getzfred, Denise Getzfred, Marilyn Sehi, Mark Dwyer, Sam Heithoff, Lori Widger and Angela Cuffe.
The tax asking needed to support School District #18 for 2016/2017 could decline again this year.
That’s the message Superintendent Dan Polk shared with board members when they met Thursday night.
Describing the school’s financial picture as being in “tremendous shape,” Polk said work continues on preparing the new budget which will be voted on at the September meeting.
While still waiting for county valuations to be announced, he did said he is working to make sure the district takes its 2.5 percent allowable growth.
At the same time, he said the budget has a lot of factors. Yet, the concern of the public has been and always seems to be in regards to the tax asking.
“If we have more tax asking over last year, it won’t be very much,” he said. Any tax asking increase, he went on to say, would be “pretty minimal” and it’s entirely possible the school might have less tax asking.
“That would be a really good thing if we can get it done,” Polk said about the reduced tax asking. In 25 years as a school administrator, he has never seen a tax asking decline two years in a row.
“It would be nice to keep our budget growth maxed out and give taxpayers more relief.”
Polk told the board earlier in the meeting that they have been approved, by the State Department of Education, for levy exclusions totalling approximately $140,000 due to early retirement incentives approved for five instructors earlier in the year.
Polk then turned his attention to summer work projects. He said work will be completed soon on the new parking lot to be located on the east side of the school gymnasium. Once the rock is completed, he said a fence will be erected and several lights put in place which will wrap up the project.
Polk credited board member Robert Hoefer for work done hauling rock. The parking lot needed more than twice the rock originally estimated for the project, which Hoefer assisted in moving in.
With the parking lot there, fans will be able to enter the gymnasium from the east side as ticket takers will be placed there, Polk said.
As for other projects, they were completed on time, Polk said.
Those projects included shop walls, floor installations, etc.
“We’re in great shape,” Polk said.
By Dennis Morgan
Wheeler County’s “Favorite Son” Herb Mignery, joined by his wife Sherry, awarded the first-ever “Good Hand” award at the Wheeler County Fair. The first recipient was Sue Patrick.
Recognized as “amazing,” Patrick has left her mark in Wheeler County first as a teacher, and as an active community member.
“She not only was a dedicated teacher during school hours, she spent countless hours before and after school assisting the youth of our community to help them understand not only science, math and sports, but also how to be a good productive citizen,” read Randy Butterfield, president of the Wheeler County Ag Society. “She was also a major part of encouraging each child to become the best he/she could become. She built each child’s personal moral, encouraged creative thinking, spent time creating a teaching technique so every child could learn.”
Among her attributes is having a positive attitude, always willing to listen, guide and correct if the need would arise.
Patrick has played a vital part of making Wheeler Central & Wheeler County successful.
“She leads by example. Sue built a legacy in our school that is admired and she set a standard that encourages all around her to be ‘achievers.’ Sue has been a precious gift to so many of our youth, and to the adults in our community.
Patrick was unable to accept the award in person as she and her husband were in Pennsylvania with their grandchildren. She did send an e-mail which was read over the PA system.
“I am very honored and sorry that I cannot be there personally to accept this award,” she said in an email. “I have asked my favorite mother in-law to be there in my place as Scott and I are in Pennsylvania with our grandkids…I have been truly blessed to live in such a wonderful community for the past 40 years. Thank you so much.” Accepting the award on Sue’s behalf was her mother in-law, Toni Patrick.
August 4, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Elgin area residents will wake up Sunday morning to as many as 250 bicyclists rolling through town.
The Seven Cities Bike Tour will be making its way through the area over the weekend.
This will mark the fifth year for the tour which begins Friday, Aug. 5 in Norfolk.
Riders will go from Norfolk to Petersburg on Saturday, arriving in time to take part in “Bash in the Burg” festivities.
They will spend the night in Petersburg, On Sunday morning, the Petersburg Community Club will serve breakfast to the riders.
Most bicyclists will leave Petersburg after 6 a.m. to begin a 51-mile trek back to Norfolk. They will pass through Elgin and most are expected to stop at The Plantation House for refreshments. From there they will pedal to Oakdale, Tilden and Meadow Grove before completing their trip at Ta-Ha-Zouka Park in Norfolk.