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BPW Discusses Ongoing Construction

The Board of Public Works (BPW) discussed MoDOT updates on 131 Highway at its regular monthly meeting, held Tuesday, July 7.

Water Superintendent Tony Lerda said, in reference to the MoDOT work already completed, “Customers on 131 Highway are happy, happy, happy!”

Chairman Katy Barrett agreed. “It’s absolutely gorgeous! The whole project has come together beautifully,” she commented.

In further MoDOT updates, it was reported crews are working on the underground storm sewer at the west end of 58 Highway/2nd Street.

Work on the collection system at the corner of Pine and 2nd Streets will begin soon. There is one box to set, then crews will move south down Pine St.

Lerda explained that MoDOT has been working on putting in the underground storm water system along West 2nd St. near Niagara and St Charles.

He went on to say, drop inlets are installed on the four corners at Pine and 2nd Streets.

“Our crews lowered the city water main along the front of the Cowboy Inn to allow for the installation of the storm sewers in this area,” he said.

“Once these two areas are complete, the contractor will begin working south from 2nd St. toward 9th St., along Pine Street.”

The BPW learned the initial funds for moving of city utilities has run out, and the work has increased. “We will be billing as we go for the rest of the project,” Lerda said.

In an update on the debt refinance options, it was reported that Holden City Council members approved the measure presented by the BPW at the council’s June meeting. Piper Sandler has started the bid process and will give updates to the BPW once bids come in.

In new business, City Councilman and BPW liaison Ray Briscoe said he has applied for a recycle grant to help offset the cost for the SAGR system’s rubber chips. The grant is for up to $50,000 for non-playground scrap recycled rubber.

Briscoe hopes to have an announcement about the grant results by August 1.

The regular meeting of the BPW closed, to reopen in August.

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