Drainage repair proceeds
AINSWORTH—The Highland Community School District school board held a special session meeting on Tuesday, July 30.
The school board members met to review bids to repair the drainage issues the north parking lot facing Park Street has.
Lucas Newton from MMS Consultants of Iowa City was hired by the district to assist in drawing up the plans for the project and with the bidding process.
He said the plan included fixing the four intake structures having the parking lot slope corrected to help with the drainage, and the complete removal and replacement of the pavement area. Currently, it has a chip-and-seal surface, but a concrete surface would be installed.
School board member Mike Golden asked Newton if the drainage would go away from the playground area. Newton said yes.
“There’s one thing that would affect the playground that was part of the alternate plan,” Newton said. “We included a chain link fence that went from the basketball court area back to the northeast corner of the school building.”
The fence wasn’t included in the plans that went out for bid, Newton said. If the board members wanted to have that included, a change order would have to be drawn up. School board member Becky Hanson said the fence could be done later in the year.
Another item not included in the bid was the sidewalk adjacent to the school building.
“It just got pulled completely,” Highland Superintendent Chris Armstrong said. “We really don’t want to encourage kids walking across the entryway and the exit way, if we end up with a one-way flow. We really want them to come in and go down into the school.”
Once the construction of the parking lot is done Armstrong said they would have to work out the traffic flow when students are dropped off.
After a tour around Ainsworth Elementary the board members voted to accept the bid from All American Concrete of West Liberty for the base bid of $94,400 with the cubic yard price set at $45 per cubic yard. The board also accepted the alternate bid of $8,300, which includes a bus stop on the east side of the parking lot.
The work on the parking lot will begin early next week. The construction would last about a month, Newton said. The district will have to find an alternate drop-off location until while the project is occurring.
The next school board meeting is scheduled for Aug. 12.