In what was already shaping up to be a summer defined by detours and street work, the City of Manchester and the Delaware County Board of Supervisors have paired up to add another construction project to the list.
Slated to begin sometime in 2020, a joint white topping project will occur on D22, which is locally known as East Main Street, from the Manchester city limits to the City of Earlville.
City Manager Tim Vick said the white topping will consist of adding six-inches of concrete to the existing road. The city will be responsible for associated costs of the project within the city’s limits on its portions of the road, which currently has an estimated price tag of $235,771.
Vick added that while project likely won’t go out to bid until April, there won’t be any impact on Manchester’s current budget.
“Because the county is going to front the cost, we are just going to reimburse them,” Vick said. “So we won’t have the expenditures until next fiscal year so that’s what we’ll be working off budget-wise.”
This project will be separate from other street construction projects already on the docket in that area, but engineers said both projects will still match up where they meet.
“I’ve coordinated the design profile with Craig over at the county,” Jason Wenger, an engineer and vice president of The Burrington Group, told the council. “At our match point, we’ve got an agreed upon elevation, style and profile so the drainage and the grade will match.”
In other news, the council:
• Approved a request to temporarily close the 100 and 200 block of East Main Street and the 100 and 200 block of South Franklin Street from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 5 for the Window Walk and Static Christmas Parade event.
• Approved a five-year lease agreement with Regional Medical Center for an underground telecommunications cable running from 709 West Main Street to 613 West Main Street for $1 per-year.
• Approved a request from Water Superintendent Chad Wulfekuhle to submit a grant application to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) for a source water protection and flood mitigation project on the east end of town.
• Heard from Vick that leaf pickup is officially over due to city crews having to swap out leaf-gathering equipment for snow removal equipment.