Northwood City council on Sept. 26 approved a bid for the excavation of a detention pond at the Greenway Estates subdivision near the Woodville Mall.
Council approved the Service Committee’s recommendation that the contract be awarded to Paschal Bihn & Sons, who bid $273,791.50.
The city received five bids for the project, according to Councilman Jim Barton.
The pond is expected to improve drainage in the area.
The project had to be rebid after the original bids that were opened during the summer had expired.
Council also voted to finance the project with storm water management funds.
Council over the summer debated whether to assess property owners in the subdivision, or use storm water management funds, to finance the project. The area had flooding problems a few years ago.
Some on council were against assessments, saying residents already pay a storm water management fee as part of their water bill. Others said there should be assessments since there are homeowner associations charging residents fees to pay for detention ponds that had been built in their neighborhoods years ago. Council finally agreed on July 23 to fund the project with storm water management funds after deciding there would no longer be fees charged to residents living in subdivisions that have detention ponds.
The detention pond will be excavated on vacant city property east of the subdivision.
The city bought the five acre site to excavate the pond at Greenway Estates, and had mailed letters last year to residents in the subdivision informing them of plans to build the pond when the issue arose over how the project would be funded.
Excavation of the pond is expected in November. Landscaping on the project should be completed by next May, Administrator Bob Anderson said after the meeting.
“I’d like to see the project begin when all the crops are in, and when the ground gets a little harder and drier, and we won’t disrupt as much as we might have in the summer,” said Anderson. “That way it won’t compact the nearby farmer’s fields.”
There is nearly $1 million in the city’s storm water management fund, some of which is used for daily operations.
Currently, a portion of residents’ water bills is earmarked for the storm water management fund, which went into effect five years ago.
Also at the meeting, council:
• agreed to renew the city’s health insurance policy at a 13.5 percent rate increase.
• heard that the hours for Halloween will be on Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
• hears that fall brush pickup will begin Oct. 28.
• heard an update on Wales Road, part of which was recently striped in front of the municipal complex. “In the north area, you can now access the factory, church and the few residences along Wales,” said Anderson. The rest of the road is due to open in early November, he added.