The Elk Point City Council awarded the bid for the Washington and Douglas Streets project at its meeting Monday, Dec. 7.

The low bid of $849,685.05 came from Slowey Construction, Inc. out of Yankton. That was over $83,000 less than the engineer’s estimate. Public Works Superintendent Trevor Job said most of the savings are coming in significantly lower asphalt costs, the lowest he’s seen in several years. With the added savings, the council wants to pave several other streets in town, starting with S. Douglas Street. The project will completely reconstruct three blocks of S. Douglas Street, from Main to Jefferson Streets, and a block of Washington Street between Wood and Elm streets. Work is scheduled to begin next spring.

The council held first reading to Ordinance No. 408, Supplemental Appropriations. The action accounts for a number of grants and donations the city received during 2020 that were not budgeted. It includes $17,968 in donations to the swimming pool fund and community center. The ordinance also moves $30,000 into the Unassigned Fund Balance to pay for swimming pool professional fees and services. Second and final reading will be held at the next meeting.

City Finance Officer Erika Hammitt said she will be setting up an account within Capital Funds to line item swimming pool income and expenses. That will make it easier for the council to keep track of the project.

Job shared photos of the pool demolition, a project he and city crews have been working on since Nov. 13. He wanted to give a special thanks to Andy Curry, who helped with the work. Job said they removed 96 loads of concrete and dirt totalling almost 2,400 tons. The work cost around $10,000. Job said, with demolition complete, Christiansen Construction, who was awarded the bid for pool construction, can begin taking soil samples prior to construction.

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