OSAGE | Osage City Council members at their Monday, July 9, meeting denied Hydro Klean’s request to extend the finish date for their current sewer project.
Previously, the council extended the finish date to May 2018.
In the current contract the city is allowed to charge a $300 late fee, which has accumulated to over $16,000 in penalties.
Hydro Klean has already completed their portion of the project, but a sub-contractor has not finished the cement work around the manholes.
Tom Madden of SCH asked the council, on behalf of Hydro Klean, if the city would forgo some of the penalty and extend the finish date on the project.
“If we let them out of the contract, then the next contractor will say that we allowed the last contractor to get out of their contract,” said councilman Brian Adams, who pointed out a 5-month extension had been given and work still wasn't finished.
Madden said he would forward the city’s decision to Hydro Klean.
In other news, the council:
• Set a public hearing for 5:45 p.m. Aug. 6 on Osage's 2018 comprehensive plan.
• Approved a contract with Midland GIS Solutions, who will electronically map the city’s sewer and water system. Mapping for utilities will begin this fall, with water and sewer beginning in spring 2019. The mapping will allow city workers to access the information through a smartphone.
• Approved a $130,000 matching payment for the new Osage Day Care.
• Approved a resignation from Ron Andersen, a 38-year-city employee. The resignation is effective this fall.
• Heard a report from Ross Graft on the Safety Committee's ordinance on beekeeping within city limits. The first reading for the ordinance is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 6.
• Heard a report from councilwoman Judy Voaklander, who said she would like to readdress rental property inspections after hearing complaints about properties in Osage.