The Elk Point City Council was scheduled to approve a pool construction contract with Christiansen Construction Co. at its regular meeting Monday, Jan. 11.

However, council member Steve Nelson, who owns a construction company, said the contract was missing some important information. He wants it to include a line-item budget so there is more flexibility. For instance, if the concrete bids come in lower than budgeted, he feels the city should be able to move the savings into another area, perhaps additional water features. As the contract stands, those savings would go to Christiansen.

The contract is for design and build, and only lists the guaranteed maximum price of $1.5 million, a 7.5 percent fee to Christiansen and 12 percent fee for changes. Council member Lance Penfield questioned whether the 12 percent change fee would apply in the case of moving savings from one area to another. The contract is not clear about that.

After further discussion, the council asked City Administrator Derek Tuttle and City Attorney Craig Thompson to talk to Christiansen’s attorneys to write an attachment to the contract that breaks down the major construction aspects. They want it done as quickly as possible so as not to delay the start of construction.Both the contract approval and a resolution authorizing Tuttle to approve pool change orders were tabled. A special meeting may be needed sometime next week.

The council approved holding a joint municipal/school board election Tuesday, April 13. Council members up for reelection are Ward One – Brad Zevenbergen, one-year term and Amanda Abraham, two-year term; Ward Two – Lance Penfield, two-year term; and Ward Three – Kenneth VonHaden, two-year term. Circulation of petitions will be from Jan. 29 to Feb. 26.

In unfinished business, the council held second and final reading to Ordinance No. 409, Midco Franchise Agreement. They approved spending $40,509 for a 2021 Ford F-250 pickup to be used for the water department.

The council held an executive session to consult with legal counsel, but took no action before adjourning.

The next regular meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1.