WILTON — Restoration of a fire damaged city property in Wilton is substantially completed. The city council Monday night approved payment of $10,478 to Challis Restoration Services of Clarence, Iowa, for restoration of the former school district Latchkey Building, turned over by the school district to the city when the adjacent old elementary school was demolished. The building was substantially damaged in a May 24 arson incident in which four juveniles face charges.

"This all but wraps it up for Challis," City Administrator Chris Ball said.

The original contract cost was $64,478, of which $54,000 has been paid. The council Monday night also agreed to pay an additional $736 of costs incurred by Challis but which Challis was willing to forego. Council Member Ted Glenney moved to pay the added cost.

"At this stage of the game, it's a pretty insignificant amount," he said.

The city plans to use the restored building for storage.

Service agreement approved

Repair of crumbling storm and sanitary sewers will continue. The council approved proposals of $28,665 and $16,280 from Visu-Sewer of Mason City to replace designated sanitary sewer lines that documents say are "on the verge of collapsing."

Visu-Sewer has conducted television examinations of sewer lines in Wilton.

"The camera work is really paying off for us," Ball said. "It's been money well spent."

The council also approved proposals of $11,560 from Triple B Construction of Wilton and $1,800 from Hoekstra Masonry of Tipton for replacement of storm sewer intakes and associated repairs at Spruce and East Fifth streets.

"The storm sewer there is crap," Ball said. "It's coming apart. It's kind of dangerous."

In other business

  • The council approved annual contract with Durant Ambulance Service for $2,112 plus scheduled patient fees.
  • The council accepted verbal resignation of Cory Garvin from the Municipal Light Board and approved Mayor Bob Barrett's desire to appoint Jason Hunter to the board.
  • The council approved a request from the Wilton High School Student Council to hold the Homecoming Parade at 6:30 p.m. on designated city streets.
  • The council approved a request from Young Life to close Cedar Street from Fourth north to the alley 7:45-8:30 p.m. Oct. 18 for a game of "nuclear ultimate football," involving 20-25 youth playing with a Nerf football that glows in the dark.
  • The council designated 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, as the official Trick or Treat time.
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