Wapello voters will apparently get another chance on a bond issue for a new fire station. The council was presented with a proposal to construct a new fire station wing to the Wapello Community Ambulance Service barn during the council’s regular meeting Thursday.
According to city clerk Mike Delzell, Wapello Fire Chief Damon Moore told the council he was working with an engineer to obtain cost estimates for the proposed facility.
Eventually those estimates would be used to seek voter approval in November for a bond issue to construct the station to the north side of the ambulance barn. A sketch of the proposed wing that was included in the council meeting packet showed an 80- by 176-foot addition, with eight bays for fire trucks and other vehicles.
A 24-foot-wide section between the truck bays and the ambulance barn would house restrooms, pantry, mechanical room, offices for the chief and other staff, kitchen, decontamination room/laundry and a breathing air room.
The fire station would share the large meeting room and other facilities that are already part of the ambulance barn. The city acquired the ambulance barn earlier this year when it assumed ownership of the former non-profit Wapello Ambulance Service.
Officials with Wapello Fire and Rescue have been pushing the city council for several years to replace the current 45-year-old station, citing space concerns and other issues.
In 2017 the council agreed to hold a referendum on building a $1.7 million station, but voters rejected that plan.
In other action, Delzell reported the city had received two bids for cleaning several city offices and buildings. Wade Cleaning, Muscatine, which currently provides the cleaning services, submitted the low bid of $900 per month. Maid-To-Serve, Danville, submitted a $1,400 per month bid.
Delzell said Wade Cleaning had been providing the cleaning services for the Briggs Civic Center, Keck Memorial Library and city hall for the same monthly fee.
The latest contract will be for three years.
Two public hearings were also set by the council, Delzell said.
Hearings for the 2018 CSO (Combined Sewer Outflow) Storm Sewer Separation Project and the Commerce Drive Watermain Extension Project were both set for June 20.
In final action the council:
Approved a list of streets scheduled for repair and maintenance work this year. A total of $104,097 in work on 10 different streets is included in the plan. Delzell said he was not sure when the work would begin;
Approved several revised loan agreements as a routine action following an apparent bank sale;
Agreed to hire several seasonal lifeguards for the city’s swimming pool. Delzell said several more are needed;
Agreed to transfer $161,000 from TIF, $15,418 from Sewer and $15,418 from Water to Debt Service to cover a bond payment;
Learned Mayor Shawn Maine had met with the owner of the former Jack & Jill grocery store to inquire about a possibly purchase price for the building. Maine also reported that a market study was still proceeding, but he was not sure when it would be completed, Delzell said.