Blue Earth approves street work

BLUE EARTH — Blue Earth’s summer street project is officially a go, as the City Council accepted the lowest of four bids Monday.

Holtmeier Construction of Mankato won the contract to undertake what is known as the North Sailor Street improvements project. Its bid is $1.5 million for the main work, plus $38,629 for an alternate mill and overlay project on some side streets.

The next lowest bid was $1.578 million and $42,504 for the alternate work.

The engineer’s estimate had been $1.637 million for the project plus $53,550 for the bid alternate.

The council was informed that construction will begin in June.

The street project was not the only funding expenditures authorized by the council. It also OK’d paying a bill from the law firm of Everett & VanderWiel in the amount of $18,128. The statement is for an investigation into a complaint against former Blue Earth police officer Chad Bonin.

After the investigation report was received by the City Council, the city and Bonin agreed to end his contract.

One other expense authorized Monday was for a continuing community marketing proposal from Otto Media Group of Mankato. The council voted to allow up to $5,000 for additional work by OMG, which has included a new website design for the city.

In other items, the council:

o Did not take any action on a proposed ordinance to raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products in the city. The council decided to wait to see if the Legislature will take any action on the matter this session.

o Did not take any action at this time concerning limiting the use of drones inside the city limits or on city property.

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