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Wells getting ready for summer work

Street work, subdivisions, clubhouse rental on council’s agenda

By Chuck Hunt - Editor | Apr 18, 2021

There is nothing left but a large vacant lot where Jake’s Pizza was. The building was razed last week, after the roof had collapsed earlier this year. The business plans to rebuild.

The Wells City Council took a big step towards the 2021 street and utility projects during action at their meeting last Monday night.

The council approved plans and specs for the project and called for the advertisement of bids for the work to be done.

Those bids will be opened on May 7, and the contract awarded during their council meeting on May 10.

The project is actually two projects, with one named the North Broadway Project, the other the Third Avenue Project.

Affected streets include: North Broadway from Third Street NE to its end north of Fifth Street SW; First Avenue NE from Third Street NE to Fourth Street NE; Fifth Street NW from Second Avenue NW to North Broadway; Fourth Street NE from North Broadway to Second Avenue NE and Third Avenue SW from Third Street SW to Second Street SW.

The council postponed taking any action on the North Broadway Street Project Financing Plan, and sale of 2021A bonds, until the next council meeting on May 10.

“We are too early for the sale of bonds,” city administrator CJ Holl said. “So we are OK to postpone the sale of the bonds for 30 days.”

Also at the meeting, the council agreed to hold a public hearing at their next meeting, to discuss a possible private cartway/road to the new Cardell Subdivision.

The request was made by the developers and granted by the council after they checked with legal council on proper procedure.

The council also postponed, once again, a decision on the rates for use of the golf course clubhouse and the community center, and whether liquor should be allowed at the two facilities. Also discussed was insurance coverages, cleaning fees and damage deposits.

In other business at the meeting last Monday, the council:

• Agreed to allow a street to be closed downtown for the ‘Summer in the City’ celebration on June 10.

• Appointed Rita Vondracek to the Wells Library board.

• Heard an update from administrator Holl which included information about Wells Concrete adding a new $7 million batch plant to their facility in Wells.

Holl said that this was great news and shows Wells Concrete’s commitment to the community.

Holl also reported that KEYC-TV had been in Wells to do a piece on Jake’s Pizza building, as well as on all the progressive projects and housing projects in the city.

• Agreed to allow a handicap parking space in front of the former Jake’s Pizza building to be removed.

• Some council members questioned why a contractor was doing the landscape around a welcome to Wells sign, instead of city crew.

The answer was there was more to the project than just adding landscape rock.