City council OKs low bidSidewalk cafe amendment passes
The Washington City Council completed a lengthy agenda in less than three hours Tuesday evening.
The council was especially pleased with the low bid on the South 12th Avenue/East Tyler Street Reconstruction Plan. The city received bids from DeLong Construction and Cornerstone Excavating Inc., both of Washington. The low bid was $520,367 from DeLong Construction, which was $129,380 less than the Cornerstone Excavating Inc. bid of $649,747.
Two site plans, one for Hills Bank and the other for up to two Wapsi View 12-plexes were approved. Building and zoning administrator Steve Donnolly presented both site plans to the council. Both had been reviewed and approved by the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission.
After some disagreement over the proposed Temporary Encroachment Permit application, the council voted unanimously to accept the document. After discussing possible fees to charge for the permit and when the application process would begin, the council approved a motion to adopt the fees as presented. However, the fees are also suspended until Dec. 31, 2014.
The fees begin at $25, which will be good for temporary encroachment of more than one week, but less than one month; $75 for more than one month, but less than three months; and $125 for more than three months, but less than six months.
Councilor Kathy Salazar came up with the motion that the council ultimately accepted. She said that suspending the fees would allow the council to see how the permits work for all parties involved. The council will be able to gauge how well the permits work.
The council also approved the third reading of an ordinance amending the sidewalk cafe regulations by a 3-to-2 vote, with one abstention.
The amendment was important to councilor Jaron Rosien, who abstained from the vote because he owns a restaurant and wants to apply for a sidewalk cafe permit. He would like to use some parking spaces on West Main Street near his restaurant for a sidewalk cafe.
Councilors Bob Shellmyer and Bob Shepherd voted against the third reading because of safety reasons.
Shellmyer said that with center street parking a sidewalk cafe would be too dangerous.
Rosien tried to allay the safety fears by saying he would build a raised deck platform. He also said that approving the third reading did not mean the council was approving his request for a sidewalk cafe permit. He just wanted the opportunity to apply for the permit, which the council could accept or reject.
He will have his opportunity.