G Street problem will be repaired

At the foot of the hill where G Street meets Avenue C, there’s a place on the newly constructed sidewalk where water tends to pool.

Steps are being taken to fix that and the Fort Dodge City Council is holding onto some of the money owed to a construction company until the problem is corrected.

G Street was rebuilt last year by Wicks Construction, of Decorah. The company was awarded a $338,909.36 contract.

MER Engineering Inc. of Fort Dodge prepared the plans for the project.

Eldon Rossow, president of the engineering firm, said someone who lives near the intersection of G Street and Avenue C reported seeing standing water on one part of the sidewalk there.

He said that because of a long period of dry weather, it was hard for engineers to find exactly where the water might collect.

On the damp, foggy day of Jan. 11, the site was finally pinpointed.

The following Monday, the City Council unanimously rejected an $18,146 payment to Wicks Construction because of the water problem. Councilman Mark Taylor, who represents Ward 1 where the intersection is located, said the situation needed to be addressed before making final payment to the contractor.

Rossow was directed to work with the company to fix the problem.

He said Friday that a grinder was going to used to remove some concrete by the end of last week.

”We want to make sure there’s no ice formed from standing water,” he said.

He added that a 4-by-4-foot piece of sidewalk may need to be removed and replaced in the spring.

Rossow said he expects the council will pay Wicks Construction a smaller amount during its Jan. 28 meeting, while withholding some money until the job is done.