At a recent meeting the Stratford City Council met with Jim Leiding of Bolton and Menk,Incorporated to review the tabulation of bids received for this year's water main improvement project. Leiding explained to the council the different options that were available. They include going out for a re-bid,take the lowest bid of $278,479 from Keller Excavating which was determined to not be a responsible and responsive bid or to go with the next lowest responsive, responsible bid of $305,602 from Morris Enterprises. The council agreed to accept the bid from Morris Enterprises, Incorporated of Clutier for the water main improvement work beginning this summer.
The Stratford council reviewed building and special permit requests from Corina Garrels of Corina's Cafe. The special request was to add a brick wood burning fireplace in the brick fence surrounding the outside patio. There were concerns from council members on who would be monitoring the fire,how neighboring businesses felt about the wood burning and that the downtown businesses have rubber roofs that could easily catch fire. The council also wondered if Garrels would consider installing a gas fireplace instead. After much discussion,the council voted to approve the building permit request by Corina Garrels for Corina's Cafe of a cement patio with a brick fence but not the special request for a fireplace and to have the city manager tlak with Garrels about alternate sources of energy for the fireplace with the special request to be reviewed by the council upon more information is received.
Stratford city manager Rachel Cahill discussed with the council the pilot project to install load control devices to reduce energy peak demands. She explained that until Central Iowa Power Company (CIPCO) consents to demand response management and Midland Power Cooperative changes Stratford's rate structure, there is not a realization on any payback. At this point, the city of Stratford can not rationalize going any further on this project until an economic payback exists.
The Stratford council looked into the possibility of personnel sharing between Stratford and the City of Stanhope. It was mentioned that if an emergency occurs,mutual aid agreements are already in place. This issue will be revisited at a later time.
Kelsey Lindmark was hired as the co-manager of the Stratford outdoor swimming pool for this summer. The council also approved to use A-Line Iron and Metals as the disposal method for the high pressure sodium street light heads and lamps.