3 things from the Perry City Council meeting

Allison Ullmann - Staff
City Administrator Sven Peterson answers a question during the June 29 Perry City Council meeting while Mayor John Andorf looks on. PHOTO BY ALLISON ULLMANN/THE PERRY CHIEF

The Perry City Council held a special meeting on Friday, June 29. The meeting was the last meeting of the fiscal year. The new fiscal year started on July 1.

Here are three things you may have missed from the meeting:

1. Council approves Willis Avenue sculpture donation

The council members approved a resolution accepting the proposed donation of a sculpture to be placed on Willis Avenue. Art on the Prairie proposed donating a sculpture to the City of Perry with a railroad theme. The resolution said the sculpture will be placed on Willis Avenue to recognize the importance that the railway had in Perry’s heritage.

Art on the Prairie commissioned Jim Russell to create and install the sculpture at a cost of around $30,000.

“We’ve seen pictures of it and it looks pretty cool,” Mayor John Andorf said. “It’s really going to be a nice addition and celebrate our heritage being a railroad town.”

The sculpture was placed on July 2. The unveiling of the third sculpture has been set for 7-9 p.m. on Monday, July 9 at Caboose Park.

City Administrator Sven Peterson said the railroad sculpture is the third out of four to be installed on Willis Avenue through Art on the Prairie.

“And each has been about $25,000 to $30,000 so that group has raised well over $100,000 for that artwork and installation,” he said. “So a huge debt of gratitude to that group and all the work they’ve put into that.”

2. Council approves creation of historic preservation fund

The city council approved a resolution creating a historic preservation fund during the June 29 meeting. The resolution said the City of Perry will take ownership of the balance of the historic preservation fund on approximately July 1. The City will create a special historic preservation fund, into which all donations and collected revenues related to Perry Historic Preservation activities are to be deposited, the resolution continued. No money is to be expended except upon approved and written requests from the City of Perry Historical Preservation Commission.

Peterson said the preservation commission had its own checkbook. It has never been part of the City of Perry’s audit. Peterson said they recently found out about it and realized it was something that should be brought under the City’s budget and accounting software.

He added that it relieves some pressure off the treasurer of the preservation commission while bringing it under the fold of the City’s funds.

3. Council awards 2018 Crack Sealing Project

The city council awarded the 2018 Crack Sealing Project to Fahrner Asphalt Sealers. Andorf said two competitive quotes were received and reviewed by Matt Ferrier of Bolton and Menk, Inc. The engineer’s estimate for the project was $48,000. Bolton and Menk, Inc. recommended awarding the project to Fahrner Asphalt Sealers, of Dubuque, in the amount of $20,960.

Council Member Barb Wolling asked about the discrepancy between the engineer’s estimate and the bid. Jacob Ahrens, of Bolton and Menk, said the company is newer to the area.

“We believe that they’re trying to be very competitive bringing their product and their services to a more central-Iowa area,” he said.

The company, he added, has done a lot of work in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

“So you’re comfortable with the quality of work they do?” Wolling asked Ahrens.

Ahrens said Bolton and Menk has Fahrner working on an airport project in Storm Lake. They also have looked at Fahrner’s work on a different project in the northeastern region.

“We’ve seen the products and we were impressed,” Ahrens said.

“And it’s quite a savings,” Wolling added.