Sioux Center City Council Hears Highway 75 Project Report

August 22, 2019 1:43pm

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The Sioux Center City Council met in regular session Wednesday.  Prior to the meeting, council was introduced to and toured the new Fire Truck for Sioux Center. 

Items approved at the meeting include a resolution to approve a proposed amendment to the Sioux Center Unified Urban Renewal Plan which identifies a variety of projects and potential land acquisitions.  Projects include a new sewer lift station, green space at the new high school location, and the purchase of land and infrastructure development north of Wal-Mart.

Council also approved a natural gas pre-pay hedging agreement that locks the price the city pays for natural gas at the current month’s price.  Doing this removes the winter price spikes in prices.

Council approved awarding Vander Pol Excavating the contract for Country-View North Sanitary Sewer District project.  Five bids were considered for the estimated $820,000 project; Vander Pol was the low bid at $786,000.

Council approved a hearing date of September 10 for consideration of a short-term loan not to exceed $2.9M in General Obligation Capital Loan Notes.

Council also approved offering the Electric Department Head position to Lorn Wielenga.

Council received an update on pans for the Highway 75 project.  Trent Bruce with DGR helped present concepts for the design.  He says the main corridor through Sioux Center will be four-lane with landscaped medians and left turn lanes.  Details regarding lane width, street lights, median lengths, innovating pedestrian crossings, and other ideas are being discussed.  The public will have a chance for input once the DOT provides its final preliminary design.  Bruce repeated that safety is a priority in the design.  The timeline shows construction beginning in 2023 with completion in 2025. 

Bruce made clear that the condition of Hiway 75 in Sioux Center will continue to be a challenge until construction begins.  Once construction begins, one-way traffic in each direction will be allowed, but road conditions will continue to be a challenge.

Total cost is estimated at just over $27,404,000 million.  The city will provide $9.39M with the DOT budgeting $20M to the project.  The city’s portion includes utility upgrades with sewer, electricity, water, and gas.

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