The Chariton City Council approved a bid for Phase III of the Ilion Trail project at their meeting June 15. Two bids were received and the bid approved was the low bid from Hills Contracting from Leon for $64,527.50.

The other bid was from TK Concrete, Inc. out of Pella for $79,800. The engineer’s estimate of what the probable cost of the project would be is $67,635. Garden & Associates out of Oskaloosa is the engineer for the project, and they and the Chariton city staff recommended awarding the project to Hills Contracting.

Phase III of the Trail project will be constructed from 12th Street to Main Street on Ilion Avenue and the goal is to start Phase III in July.

“Has Hills Contracting done any work for us before?” Council member Jayma Hoch asked.

“Not to my knowledge. They’ve done a lot of work in Osceola,” Council member Roger Manser said.

The Phase III project was funded by grants and donations. Chariton City Manager Laura Liegois explained that there were delays in this phase of the project due to easements for working on private property and some property owners not wanting to sign the easements. “All easements have been signed and the project is ready to move forward,” Liegois said.

Liegois pointed out that Hills Contracting held their price for the project from 2019 due to the delay in access for the project.

The next step for the project is to approve the contract and bonds for Phase III of the project, which could possibly be done at the next council meeting July 6.

Read the June 23, 2020 edition of the Chariton Leader/Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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