Lyndon awards bid for Jones Park trail

LYNDON—The Lyndon City Council awarded a construction bid for the proposed Jones Park Trail to Dayhoff Underground, Osage City.

Lyndon City Administrator Kim Newman informed the council of the three bids the city received for construction of the trail. Engineers from BG Counsultants, Inc., Emporia, estimated the bid at $166,000, but all three bids came in above that. Dayhoff Underground was the lowest bid at $183,505.70. The bid is slightly over the total budget for the trail at $183,000, and the council discussed options to lower the bid.

“There were a lot of unknowns with the trail and they (the contractors) didn’t want to underbid it,” Newman said. “The project is not designed and they understood that.”

“I’m okay with the bid because I wasn’t sure I wanted a concrete base for the classroom anyway,” Newman said. “We can still build additional trails, they just don’t have to be concrete.”

The council discussed shortening the length of the trail from the west, or taking out one of two center loops to lower the cost of construction. The council authorized Mayor Kay Jones to sign the notice of the award and modified the plans to include only one center loop.

“Construction starts in late July and the drop dead finish date is Oct. 21,” Newman said.

The council approved a motion to offer an open position on the Lyndon Recreation Board to Deanna Romine.

The council met with Harold Mayes, CPA, to discuss the city audit preformed by Mayes company Agler and Gaeddert Chartered, Ottawa. Mayes reviewed findings and made suggestions to the council.

“This year we have been between our two financial systems, which is why we have so many variances,” Newman said. “I’m incredibly pleased to have this information and actual numbers that are accurate. We do have a discrepancy of $12,000 that we could not figure out, that is the only thing that gives me pause.”

The audit findings will be used by the council during upcoming budget meetings for 2014.

Newman told council members that the Recreation Board will sponsor the 5K race on the 4th of July for $300 and also donated $400 to the summer movie series, making them the seventh sponsor and pushing total sponsorship for the series over $1,000.

“We had over 100 people at the first movie, and the next movie, Wreck It Ralph, should be even more popular,” Newman said. “The Mothers of Preschoolers sold concessions and that was great, the next movie is July 19.”

Newman also reminded members of events in Lyndon this weekend. The car show and citywide garage sale are Saturday. The Lions Club will have a pancake feed Saturday morning and the Bailey House will be open to visitors.

In other business, the council:

• approved $1,000 donation for 4th of July fireworks and up to $1,000 for advertising for the event.

• accepted the preservation stewardship award, presented to Jones by Peggy Clark, Charna Williams, and Colleen Kirsop.

• approved a cereal malt beverage license for Dollar General, Lyndon, to sell beer.

• reappointed Charna Williams to the planning and zoning commission.

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