GIRARD — The Girard City Council moved forward with several street projects at its regular meeting Tuesday.
The council began the meeting by opening six bids for sidewalk repairs — including dying the sidewalk — at Girard National Bank. Six contractors submitted sealed bids for the sidewalk work.
The lowest bid came from JKS Construction in Girard at $42,324.21; however, the council will have engineers review the bids to make sure they all meet specifications before accepting. The council plans to accept a bid at the next regular meeting September 18.
The city was awarded up to $400,000 for work on drainage at the intersection of St. John and Ozark. The funds were awarded from the Kansas Department of Transportation, and the city will match five percent on the project.
The project will help improve drainage across Kansas Highway 47.
The city also received up to $300,000 from KDOT to resurface K-47. The project also requires a five percent match from the city. The city originally planned to resurface all of K-47, but the project was downsized by KDOT. Now the city will start at the west side of town and go as far east as funds will allow.
The city will also have to cover design engineering costs for the second project.
“It’s something we need to do,” Council Member Sheldon DeLange said. “The highway is just falling apart through town.”
The council accepted the awards from KDOT and will fill out project applications to receive the funding.
The council passed a resolution to annex a property on Peak Lane, which belongs to Girard Fire Chief Joseph Clow. A city ordinance requires that the fire chief live within city limits, and the Crawford County Commission approved the island annexation earlier this year.
“Welcome to the city, Joe,” Mayor Kurt Ziegler said.
Clow also requested approval to purchase a storm siren to replace one no longer working. Clow said the city still had a United States Department of Agriculture reimbursement grant that it needed to close from 2016.
The grant requires the city to spend a certain amount of money in order to receive a reimbursement from the USDA of 35 percent. Purchasing the siren will allow the city to reach the required dollar amount.
“The new siren also has a larger range,” Clow said. “If we get the overlap correct, it will allow us to not have to replace older sirens when they stop working.”
The council also set special meetings for the purpose of city administrator candidate interviews. The special meetings take place at 6 p.m. September 6, 7, 11, 12 and 13.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.