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Stewart receives favorable bids on proposed street, utility work

The Stewart City Council received favorable bids for its proposed utility and surface improvements to East and Martha streets Monday night.
Engineer Andy Kehren of Bolton & Menk said four bids were received for the work, with the apparent low bid from M.R. Paving & Excavating, Inc., of New Ulm at $165,928. The engineer’s estimate for the cost of the work was $173,500.
With engineering and other fees and costs, the total cost of the project will be $228,154, of which $172,138 will be paid by the city and $56,016 will be assessed to benefitting property owners.
Kehren said the assessments will be spread over 15 years with a 2 percent interest rate.
Kehren said the 2 percent interest rate “may be a little less than the bond rate, but it’s consistent with previous projects.”
The city set an assessment hearing for its June 9 meeting. Kehren said the bid will officially be awarded after that hearing.

For more from the meeting, see the May 14 print edition of The McLeod County Chronicle.