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Search goes on for contractor to bury electric power lines

April 2, 2019

Webster City officials are still seeking a contractor to bury what are now overhead electric lines in two areas, but they have moved ahead with buying the needed supplies for the job.

One of the two areas designated for conversion to underground electric lines is bordered by Bank Street to the north, Beach Street to the east, Walnut Street to the south and Lynx Avenue to the west.

The other area is bordered by Boone Street to the north, Des Moines Street to the east, Ohio Street to the south and Beach Street to the west.

However, a recent request for bids from companies interested in doing the job drew no responses.

Public Works Director Ken Wetzler told the City Council Monday that new bids will be sought. He said a new completion date of Dec. 1, 2020, will be set in an effort to attract bidders.

The city did receive bids for the materials needed to install underground electrical wires. The City Council on Monday voted to buy those supplies from two vendors. Some items will be bought from RESCO, of Ankeny, for $86,935.45. The rest will be bought from Wesco Distribution, of Des Moines, for $52,236.38.

Moving electrical lines underground reduces damage and power outages caused by weather.

In other business, the council:

• Awarded a three-year contract to Iowa Plains Signing, of Slater, for painting street markings. The company will be paid a maximum of $12,000 a year.

• Hired Snyder & Associates, of Ankeny, to design water main improvements at a cost of $36,200.

• Hired The Pavement Doctor, of Fort Dodge, to complete spray injection street patching at a cost of $15,000.


View this article as it originally appeared in the Daily Freeman-Journal.

Last modified: April 2, 2019

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