The Chariton City Council approved a resolution to accept the completed lift station improvements for Division II of the West Lake Lift Station and Force Main Project at their meeting Feb. 1.

The contractor for the project was KLC Construction, LLC, and the total project cost was $186,320. The engineer for the project was Garden & Associates, LTD.

The City of Chariton contracted with KLC Construction, LLC to replace the force main and lift station at the West Lake area in Chariton. The project was completed in November 2020 and a final walk through of it was done in November as well.

“The area of land that was used for the project was graded and seeded by the contractor but was done late in the seeding season. KLC Construction will be back in the spring to ensure the seeding has taken place and to do any reseeding, as per the performance bond on the project. To ensure that the seeding is addressed, I will be sending a letter to KLC Construction and follow up in March of the plans for the seeding,” Chariton City Manager Laura Liegois told the council.

Along with the completed project, the council also approved the final payment for the lift station improvements of Division II of the West Lake Lift Station and Force Main Project. The final payment approved was the retention payment of $9,316.

Liegois said that retention payment is not released until 30 days after it’s approved. Therefore it will be sent to the contractor on March 1, 2021.

City manager’s report

In her city manager’s report, Liegois thanked the council for helping out at the Drive Thru dinners at Carpenter’s Hall for the past two Wednesdays on Jan. 20 and Jan. 27. The dinner on Jan. 20 was put on by the Sidewalk Task Force Committee and the one on Jan. 27 was put on for the Chariton Splash Pad project.

“We had an awesome turnout for the Splash Pad dinner,” Liegois told the council.

Liegois also said that the Chariton Free Public Library submitted a grant application this past week to the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs for the Iowa’s Rural Heritage Revitalization Grant.

If received, the grant will be used for window replacement of the current library windows and restoration of the original stain glass windows.

“If all goes well, the library will receive $94,000 in grant funding,” Liegois said.

In the council member comments portion of the meeting, most council members didn’t have anything to report. But Chariton Mayor Denny Bisgard commented on the effectiveness of the city’s parking ordinance following when it snows and during snow removal.

“Our parking ordinance has really made a difference on the streets following snowfalls in getting cars off the streets so snowplows could do a more thorough job,” Bisgard said.