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Notice to Bidders: North Street Paving Project

NOTICE TO BIDDERS
NORTH STREET PAVING PROJECT
CITY OF BLOOMFIELD, IA

Time and Place for Filing Sealed Proposals. Sealed bids for the work comprising the improvement as stated below must be filed before 1:00 PM on March 16, 2020 in the office of the City Clerk, 111 W Franklin St, Bloomfield, IA 52537-1696.

Time and Place Sealed Proposals Will be Opened and Considered. Sealed proposals will be opened and bids tabulated at 1:00 PM on March 16, 2020 in the office of the City Clerk, 111 W Franklin St, Bloomfield, IA 52537-1696 for consideration by the City Council of the City of Bloomfield, IA at its meeting on March 19, 2020 at 6:00 PM. The City of Bloomfield, IA reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

The City of Bloomfield, IA, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 78 Stat. 252, 42U.S.C. 2000d to 2000d-4 and Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Department of Transportation, Subtitle A, Office of the Secretary, Part 21, Nondiscrimination in Federally-assisted programs of the
Department of Transportation issued pursuant to such Act, hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively ensure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, minority business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, or national origin in consideration for an award.

Time for Commencement and Completion of Work. Work on the improvement shall commence within 10 days of the receipt of the Notice to Proceed. Work shall be substantially complete on or before November 1, 2020, and shall be fully completed on or before December 1, 2020. Damages in the amount of Five Hundred & 00/100 Dollars ($500.00) per day will be assessed for each day the work remains incomplete.

Bid Security. Each bidder shall accompany its bid with bid security, as defined in Section 26.8 of the Iowa Code in an amount equal to Ten (10) percent of the total amount of the bid.

Contract Documents. Copies of the Plans and Specifications for this project may be obtained from HR Green, Inc., 5525 Merle Hay Rd., Ste. 200, Johnston, Iowa 50131, Ph: 515-278-2913 or e-mail request to kmuhlena@hrgreen.com. Plans and Specifications are available at no cost.

Public Hearing on Proposed Contract Documents and Estimated Costs for Improvement. A public hearing will be held by the City Council of the City of Bloomfield, IA on the proposed contract documents (plans, specifications and form of contract) and estimated cost for the improvement at its meeting at 6:00 PM on March 19, 2020 in the Bloomfield Library Community Room, 107 N Columbia St, Bloomfield, IA 52537.

Preference of Products and Labor. Preference shall be given to domestic construction materials by the contractor, subcontractors, material, men, and suppliers in performance of the contract and, further,
by virtue of statutory authority, preference will be given to products and provisions grown and coal produced within the State of Iowa, and to Iowa domestic labor, to the extent lawfully required under Iowa statues.

Sales Tax Exemption Certificates. The bidder shall not include sales tax in the bid. The City of Bloomfield, IA will distribute tax exemption certificates and authorization letters to the Contractor and all subcontractors who are identified. The Contractor and subcontractor may make copies of the tax
exemption certificates and provide a copy to each supplier providing construction materials. These tax exemption certificates and authorization letters are applicable only for this specific project under the Contract.

General Nature of Public Improvement.
Reconstruction of West North Street from North Columbia Street to US Highway 63 including 7” thick PCC pavement, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, sidewalk, driveways, and associated work.

This Notice is given by authority of the City of Bloomfield, IA

Sandy Jones, City Clerk
City of Bloomfield, IA

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Notice to Bidders: 2020 Asphalt Paving Project

NOTICE TO BIDDERS
2020 ASPHALT PAVING PROJECT
CITY OF BLOOMFIELD, IA

Time and Place for Filing Sealed Proposals. Sealed bids for the work comprising the improvement as stated below must be filed before 1:00 PM on March 16, 2020 in the office of the City Clerk, 111 W Franklin St, Bloomfield, IA 52537-1696.

Time and Place Sealed Proposals Will be Opened and Considered. Sealed proposals will be opened and bids tabulated at 1:00 PM on March 16, 2020 in the office of the City Clerk, 111 W Franklin St, Bloomfield, IA 52537-1696 for consideration by the City Council of the City of Bloomfield, IA at its meeting on March 19, 2020 at 6:00 PM. The City of Bloomfield, IA reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

The City of Bloomfield, IA, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 78 Stat. 252, 42U.S.C. 2000d to 2000d-4 and Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Department of Transportation, Subtitle A, Office of the Secretary, Part 21, Nondiscrimination in Federally-assisted programs of the
Department of Transportation issued pursuant to such Act, hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively ensure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, minority business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, or national origin in consideration for an award.

Time for Commencement and Completion of Work. Work on the improvement shall commence within 10 days of the receipt of the Notice to Proceed. Work shall be substantially complete on or before September 1, 2020, and shall be fully completed on or before October 1, 2020. Damages in the amount of Five Hundred & 00/100 Dollars ($500.00) per day will be assessed for each day the work remains incomplete.

Bid Security. Each bidder shall accompany its bid with bid security, as defined in Section 26.8 of the Iowa Code in an amount equal to Ten (10) percent of the total amount of the bid.

Contract Documents. Copies of the Plans and Specifications for this project may be obtained from HR Green, Inc., 5525 Merle Hay Rd., Ste. 200, Johnston, Iowa 50131, Ph: 515-278-2913 or e-mail request to kmuhlena@hrgreen.com. Plans and Specifications are available at no cost.

Public Hearing on Proposed Contract Documents and Estimated Costs for Improvement. A public hearing will be held by the City Council of the City of Bloomfield, IA on the proposed contract documents (plans, specifications and form of contract) and estimated cost for the improvement at its meeting at 6:00 PM on March 19, 2020 in the Bloomfield Library Community Room, 107 N Columbia St, Bloomfield, IA 52537.

Preference of Products and Labor. Preference shall be given to domestic construction materials by the contractor, subcontractors, material, men, and suppliers in performance of the contract and, further, by virtue of statutory authority, preference will be given to products and provisions grown and coal produced within the State of Iowa, and to Iowa domestic labor, to the extent lawfully required under Iowa statues.

Sales Tax Exemption Certificates. The bidder shall not include sales tax in the bid. The City of Bloomfield, IA will distribute tax exemption certificates and authorization letters to the Contractor and all subcontractors who are identified. The Contractor and subcontractor may make copies of the tax
exemption certificates and provide a copy to each supplier providing construction materials. These tax exemption certificates and authorization letters are applicable only for this specific project under the Contract.

The project will include asphalt overlays and associated work on the following street segments:
● Madison Street, Washington Street to Locust Street
● Arkansas Avenue, US 63 to East Street
● North Street, East Street to Southview Drive
● Crestview Drive/Crestview Circle, North Street to Southview Drive
● Southview Drive, Arkansas Street to North Street
● East Street, Arkansas Avenue to 220’ South of North Street
● East Street, Locust Street to South Street
● South Street, West Street to East Street
● Jefferson Street, West Street to Columbia Street
● Columbia Street, Duffield Street to Arkansas Avenue
● Davis Street, Duffield Street to Goode Street
● Duffield Street, Davis Street to Columbia Street
● Goode Street, West Street to Columbia Street

This Notice is given by authority of the City of Bloomfield, IA

Sandy Jones, City Clerk
City of Bloomfield, IA

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Notice of Public Hearing: 2020 Asphalt Paving Project

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS, FORM OF CONTRACT AND ESTIMATE OF COST FOR THE 2020 ASPHALT PAVING PROJECT CITY OF BLOOMFIELD, IA

Notice is Hereby Given: That at 6:00 PM, at the Bloomfield Library Community Room, 107 N Columbia St, Bloomfield, IA 52537 on March 19, 2020, the City Council of the City of Bloomfield, IA (The “City”) will hold a public hearing on the proposed plans and specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost (the “Contract Documents”) for the proposed 2020 Asphalt Paving Project (the “Project”).

The project will include asphalt overlays and associated work on the following street segments:

● Madison Street, Washington Street to Locust Street
● Arkansas Avenue, US 63 to East Street
● North Street, East Street to Southview Drive
● Crestview Drive/Crestview Circle, North Street to Southview Drive
● Southview Drive, Arkansas Street to North Street
● East Street, Arkansas Avenue to 220’ South of North Street
● East Street, Locust Street to South Street
● South Street, West Street to East Street
● Jefferson Street, West Street to Columbia Street
● Columbia Street, Duffield Street to Arkansas Avenue
● Davis Street, Duffield Street to Goode Street
● Duffield Street, Davis Street to Columbia Street
● Goode Street, West Street to Columbia Street

A copy of the proposed Contract Documents is on file for public inspection in the office of the City Clerk.

At said hearing any interested person may file written objections or present oral comments with respect to the subject matter of the hearing.

Sandy Jones
City Clerk

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Notice of Public Hearing: North Street Paving Project

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS, FORM OF CONTRACT AND ESTIMATE OF COST FOR THE NORTH STREET PAVING PROJECT CITY OF BLOOMFIELD, IA

Notice is Hereby Given: That at 6:00 PM, at the Bloomfield Library Community Room, 107 N Columbia St, Bloomfield, IA 52537 on March 19, 2020, the City Council of the City of Bloomfield, IA (The “City”) will hold a public hearing on the proposed plans and specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost (the “Contract Documents”) for the proposed North Street Paving Project (the “Project”).

The Project shall consist of:

Reconstruction of West North Street from North Columbia Street to US Highway 63 including 7” thick PCC pavement, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, sidewalk, driveways, and associated work.

A copy of the proposed Contract Documents is on file for public inspection in the office of the City Clerk.

At said hearing any interested person may file written objections or present oral comments with respect to the subject matter of the hearing.

Sandy Jones
City Clerk

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Bloomfield Takes Next Steps to Repair Electric Issue and Prevent Future Service Disruptions

Bloomfield takes next steps to repair electric issue and prevent future service disruptions

City officials appreciate community’s understanding and support

BLOOMFIELD, Iowa (September 30, 2019) — The City of Bloomfield is working to repair its electric system following this weekend’s power outage. The permanent repairs should be complete by the end of the week.

“We would like to thank everyone for their patience on Saturday night while we worked to get power back on,” said Dan Wiegand, Bloomfield Mayor. “We apologize for any inconvenience that it may have caused.”

“I would also like to extend my gratitude to the city crew and Southern Iowa Electric Cooperative for working in extreme conditions late into the night and early morning to get electric service restored.”

Electric service went down about 7:30 p.m. Saturday night for all households that receive power from the City of Bloomfield. The likely cause was weather related, starting with lightning strikes in the area, excessive moisture in the substation cabinet, and the failure of the cabinet heater to dry the moisture. 

The first priority was getting the EMS radio system restored. The radios were down for roughly 10 minutes. Power was restored to half of the households by 11:30 p.m. The remaining households had power back around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

Those working on the repairs included seven city Public Works Department employees, including Director Danny Simonson. SIEC sent four employees to assist. Three representatives from electric supplier Shermco also came to Bloomfield from Cedar Rapids. The non-electricians worked until around 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Wiegand and Garrett left around 6 a.m. The electric department employees and Simonson stayed on site until around 10 a.m. 

The crew was able to get power back on, but Wiegand described the fix as a “bandage solution” right now. The city will be working this week on permanent repairs. Residents are asked to be conservative on electricity until the repairs are complete. Businesses such as Davis County Hospital and Clinics, Success Bank, and Citizens Mutual, which have backup generators— will be using them to help reduce the load. The Davis County Community School District dismissed at 12:30 p.m. on Monday so that the schools didn’t have to run air conditioners in the afternoon when temperatures rose. The School District will be cycling its air conditioning the remainder of the week to reduce electric usage.

“We appreciate everyone pitching in to help the city through this time,” Wiegand said. “It says a lot about community spirit and being able to work together to weather a storm, no pun intended.”

If the city needs to cut power for any reason during the repair process, the outages will be scheduled and done at times when they will be least disruptive to customers. The city plans to keep everyone updated through its website (www.cityofbloomfield.org) and social media. 

The city doesn’t have a final figure on how much repairs will cost, but it could be as much as $100,000 — for the materials and labor, starting with the initial repairs from Saturday night. This week, the city will focus on repairing the T1 transformer, replacing wire from the T1 transformer to the T1 house, replacing busbars in the T1 house, and replacing any underground cable. Busbars are metallic strips or bars used in power distribution to connect high voltage equipment.

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Information for RRWA Customers about Your Drinking Water


At times, RRWA’s customers have experienced earthy and musty tastes and odors in their drinking water. RRWA would like to share the following information which we hope answers our customers’ questions about these tastes and odors in their drinking water:

Why does my water sometimes have an earthy and musty taste and odor?
Earthy and musty tastes and odors in RRWA’s water are most likely caused by two naturally occurring chemical compounds that can be found in Rathbun Lake. These compounds are geosmin and 2-methylisoborneol.

Is RRWA’s water safe to drink?
Yes, RRWA’s water is safe to drink. The tastes and odors caused by geosmin and 2-methylisoborneol in drinking water will not have any direct health impacts.

How do these taste and odor causing compounds get into Rathbun Lake?
The most likely source of geosmin and 2-methylisoborneol in Rathbun Lake are cyanobactera (or blue-green algae) blooms that occur in the lake.

When do these tastes and odors most commonly occur?
The most intense earthy and musty tastes and odors in RRWA’s water usually occur in late summer and early fall when conditions in Rathbun Lake favor algae blooms.

How long do these earthy and musty tastes and odors typically last?
As long as conditions in Rathbun Lake favor algae blooms, these tastes and odors could persist in RRWA’s water.

Does RRWA’s water treatment remove these taste and odor causing compounds?
RRWA’s water treatment does remove some of the geosmin and 2-methylisoborneol in the water from Rathbun Lake. However, many individuals are very sensitive to the tastes and odors caused by extremely small concentrations of these compounds.

What steps does RRWA take to improve the taste and odor of the water?
RRWA takes several steps to try to improve the taste and odor of the water we supply to our customers. These steps include:

  • RRWA uses granular activated carbon in our filters to help remove taste and odor-causing compounds as well as other contaminants.
  • RRWA uses sodium permanganate to break down substances that can cause tastes and odors in the water.
  • RRWA has an active water main flushing program that helps maintain the quality of drinking water in our distribution system.
  • RRWA has taken a leadership role in working with landowners, communities, and others in the Rathbun Lake watershed to help protect the quality of water in the lake.
  • Most importantly, RRWA regularly monitors the water in our treatment plant and distribution system to ensure that it is always safe for our customers to drink and use.

Should customers contact RRWA about the taste and odor of the water?
Yes, RRWA encourages our customers to contact us with any questions, concerns, and comments about their drinking water. For non-emergencies, RRWA customers can call 1-800-233-8849 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. For emergencies, RRWA customers can call the same number, 1-800-233-8849, at any time. RRWA customers can also send emails to rrwainc@rrwa.net .

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