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September 28, 2020

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Daniel Imdieke on Monday, September 28, 2020 at 5:00 pm. Upon roll call, the following council members were present: Jon Ptacek, Shelly Hauge, Randall Meidinger, Wayne Ehley, Dennis Morris, Travis Dockter. Also present: City Administrator Sharon Jangula, Director of Public Works Virgil Hulm. Visitors: Robert Black, Dr. Sarah Newton, Lukas Fischer, all with Linton Hospital, Brian Schumacher, Strasburg Care Center, AJ Tuck, Ulteig Engineering. Attending via telephone was City Attorney Joseph Hanson and Sheriff Gary Sanders.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss COVID-19 and the development of the East Side Addition.

Robert Black, Dr. Sarah Newton and Brian Schumacher each addressed the council regarding COVID-19 and the impact it is having on the community, county and state health care facilities. Mr. Black requested the city consider requiring the use of face masks in public and limiting the number of people at gatherings. He said this would help slow the spread of the virus.

After lengthy discussion, a motion to strongly recommend everyone wear a face mask when in public, and encourage businesses to implement a face mask policy, and the Governor’s guidelines for social gatherings be followed was made by Travis Dockter, second by Randall Meidinger. Motion carried 5-1. Shelly Hauge voted nay as she felt a more formal resolution should be passed to implement the recommendation. The recommendation will remain in place until the November 2, 2020 meeting when the matter will be revisited.

The council then moved on to discuss the Eighth Street Addition. A citizen addressed the council objecting to the development of the addition.

A motion to approve the final plat of the Eighth Street Addition was made by Dennis Morris, second by Jon Ptacek. Motion carried 6-0.

AJ Tuck presented the council with the bid abstract for the project. The bid opening took place on September 24, 2020 at 5:00 pm in the community center. The City Council did not conduct a meeting for the bid opening as there was not a quorum and no action was taken.

The Base Bid included construction of the project and Alternate A to the Bid included asphalt pavement. The engineer’s estimate for the Base Bid was $1,342,503.25 and Alternate A was $239,025.00 for a total combined estimate of $1,581,528.25. Following were the combined bid totals as outlined on the bid abstract: Wagner Construction-$1,447,983.60; Meyer Contracting-$1,520,304.40; Scherbenske, Inc-$1,539,156.00; Cofell’s Plumbing & Excavating-$1,583,813.00.

Mr. Tuck recommended the city accept the low bid from Wagner Construction. After discussion, a motion to accept the combined bid total from Wagner Construction was made by Randall Meidinger, second by Dennis Morris. Voting aye-Ptacek, Hauge, Meidinger, Morris; Voting nay-Ehley, Dockter. Motion carried 4-2. Ehley and Dockter each said most people they have talked with about the project are against it.

A motion to adjourn was made by Jon Ptacek, second Shelly Hauge. Meeting adjourned.

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