With the Spencer City Council awarding a paving contract to Godbersen-Smith Construction, of Ida Grove, plans to develop Spencer's Green Industrial Park edged one step closer to fruition.
Both Godbersen-Smith's bid of $416,520.40 and local contractor Vaughn DeLoss Construction's bid of $420,632.80 were under the city engineer's estimate of $459,039.
After verifying the bids and the need for the project, the council unanimously approved it.
Brian Schmidt, of Cruse, Kate and Nelson, clarified the pavement was part of the development agreement with Pioneer for the $5.5 million, 200,000-square-foot distribution facility in the park.
He also explained that Godbersen-Smith has done work for the city before and is a subcontractor under DeLoss Construction for the $251,709 sewer and water extension project preceding the paving project. The resolution approving that contract was tabled until a special meeting at 5:15 p.m. on May 29 because needed documents had not yet been signed.
A 1 p.m. groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled at the site off of East Eighth Street in Spencer.
In other business:
* The council approved a budget amendment to cover the costs of the housing initiative and lights for monuments on Grand Avenue.
* The council approved a correction to the professional services agreement for the Little Sioux River and trail project with Kruse, Cate and Nelson in the amount of $65,000.
* Mayor Reynold Peterson announced openings on the Spencer Municipal Golf Course Board, Historical Preservation Commission, Plumbing Board of Examiners, Renaissance Initiative Committee, Utility Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact Peterson by phone or letter of interest by June 10.
* The council went into closed session to discuss strategy in imminent litigation when open discussion may prejudice the city.
* The Spencer Committee of the Whole discussed pre-employment and random drug and alcohol testing for city employees and approved the topic for future council action.
* The committee of the whole discussed an estimated $30,000 sanitary sewer extension for one home on 18th Avenue West. The next step is to approve Kruse, Cate and Nelson as consultants for the project at an upcoming council meeting.