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Flood damage bids accepted by Soldiers Grove Board
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SOLDIERS GROVE - The Soldiers Grove Village Board approved two bids for a total of $55,685 to repair flood damage at the park.

Included in the total are bids from two contractors. McCormick Electric’s bid of $20,785 covers six projects in the park. Village trustee Paul Nicholson moved to approve the bid. It was seconded by Shayne Chapman. Swiggum Construction’s bid was $34,900 for repairs on three projects. 

A bid from Scott Construction for $67,150 to repave the parking lot was tabled by the board. More bids will be solicited.

Mick McCormick addressed the board about his bids. The electrical contractor told the board that there were many variables in the repairs. In a closer examination of the damage, McCormick said he was able to lower a couple of the bids based on what could be salvaged from the damaged items.

McCormick’s bid to fix the damage at the ball field was $3,364 and that included raising the control boxes to a maximum height to try and avert future damage. Work on and round the gazebo was bid at $4,012 down from an initial estimate of $5,582. Work on the tennis court was estimated to $4,055. The bid for electric work at the horse arena was $1,120. Repairs at the bathroom and shelter in the old park near the horseshoe pits was bid at $3,046. Restoration of the electric hookups in the RV campsites was bid at $5,188.

An estimate of $15,000 for repairs made by Forkash Electric earlier was not pursued. 

“One thing about McCormick is he knows it,’ trustee Shayne Chapman said. “He put it in.”

In discussing the Forkash estimate, Nicholson noted that even McCormick’s bid might be different because of the unknown nature of some of the damage.

If approved by FEMA, both bids will be paid for by the village and then reimbursed by FEMA and the State of Wisconsin after the work is completed. The village’s final share of the cost will be 12.5 percent.

In other business, the Soldiers Grove Village Board:

• approved having an ordinance banning overnight parking on Pine Street from November1 to April 1

• approved the sale of a 25-acre wooded hillside parcel to Ryan and Krystal Campbell for $52,500 (Vicki Campbell abstained) 

• agreed to a request from the Driftless Brewing Company to be exempt from sewer fees for the amount of water that is used in the beer-referring the matter to the attorney

• adopted the Crawford County  Multi-Hazards Mitigation Plan for 2019-2023

• approved purchase of a $50 gift certificate for part-time village employee Marty Herbst for his work clearing snow from sidewalks for the village this past winter

• agreed to a request to place a memorial for Marlie Barlow in the village park–provided it would not interfere with mowing or other maintenance

After meeting in closed session to consider charges against specific persons, which, if discussed in public, would be likely to have a substantial, adverse effect upon the reputation of the persons referred to, the board reconvened to open session and took no action.