City Council awards contract for West Ninth Street

Published 9:51 am Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The reconstruction of West Ninth Street is one step closer to becoming a reality.

The Albert Lea City Council on Monday awarded a $560,000 contract for the project to Ulland Bros. Inc.

The project now waits for the approval of the Albert Lea Township before moving forward.

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City Manager Chad Adams said the street project calls for the bituminous reclamation and overlay on the street from U.S. Highway 69 to Fourth Avenue and a mill and overlay from Fourth Avenue to South Broadway.

Ulland Bros. was the only company to submit a bid for the project.

The engineer’s estimate was $612,000.

In other action, the City Council:

• Amended the planned development district ordinance for Thorne Crest Retirement Community to allow for an expansion.

Plans call for the addition of a wellness center, a conference room and an indoor parking garage. They also call for the demolition of the existing convent building and detached garages.

• Approved an easement to allow the Shell Rock River Watershed District to maintain an electric fish barrier slated for the Green Lea Golf Course property. The council also approved a temporary easement with the Shell Rock River Watershed District for the use of city property to store construction materials for the project.

• Approved an easement agreement with Adrian and Yvonne Hestness for the construction of an electrical cabinet on their property in downtown Albert Lea.

• Approved a currency exchange license with Reyes Multiservices Inc. The company will operate a currency exchange business at 101 S. Newton Ave.

• Heard an annual assessment report by Rebecca Gisel from Alliant Energy regarding partnerships during the last year.