The Council Bluffs City Council approved plans and a cost estimate Monday evening for the final phase of a sewer reconstruction project serving the northwest part of the city.
The South 32nd Street sewer is more than 50 years old and in poor condition, causing backups during rainstorms, according to officials in the Public Works Department.
This project is budgeted for $500,000, although the overall cost is $860,000. Leftover funds from an earlier phase of the sanitary sewer project will cover the remaining amount.
The project will be funded through general obligation bonds. Bids for the work will be opened at 10 a.m. April 24.
In other business, the council accepted a bid of $425,286 by Bluffs Paving and Utility Co. Inc. for street improvements for a future housing subdivision in north Council Bluffs. The Nash Subdivision, with plans for nearly two dozen single-family homes, is in an area near 2325 Avenue N.
"This fits in with the existing neighborhood more than commercial development," Councilman Matt Walsh said.
Youths ask city to create bike park
Some 30 youths attended the City Council meeting Monday in Council Bluffs to ask the city to create a park for trick bicycling.
"It's a huge need," said John Sneller, an adult supporter.
Speaking for the group, Sneller's son, Joseph, told the council: "There is no place in the metro area for trick bikers to ride or practice their skills."
Joseph Sneller said the Big Lake Park tennis courts, now seldom used and in need of repairs, would be ideal.
"We feel it would be easy and inexpensive to change the space to a BMX trick bike park," he said.
John Sneller estimated the cost to convert the tennis courts to a bike park would be less than $10,000. The bike riders would participate in fundraising efforts and in the maintenance of the park, he said.
The council took no official action, as the request was not on the regular agenda.
"We need to get Parks Director Larry Foster involved," Councilman Matt Walsh said.
— World-Herald News Service