City buys Brewer Creek homes

The City Council of Webster City authorized the transfer of ownership and payment for the Brewer Creek Housing Project at their regular meeting on Monday.

Three spec homes will be purchased by the city at the total cost of $609,352. City Manager Ed Sadler said the action was taken due to a provision in the construction contract. It said that if the houses did not sell within 180 days of being substantially completed, the city would purchase them.

Webster City Mayor Doug Getter said those who have seen the houses would enjoy them. He said the houses have good floor plans, are energy efficient, mostly soundproof and are located in an attractive neighborhood.

“They would be, I think, a great value for anyone looking to step into a new home,” Getter said.

Now that the city will own the homes, Sadler said they will be seeking real estate companies to represent the city on those properties. The city will request proposals for costs from local brokers and then seek bids for the houses.

On Monday, the City Council also heard a request from Deb Brown, Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, to close streets for upcoming events. Both requests were approved.

On Aug. 15, the city will close Des Moines Street from Second to First streets. Brown said a previous request asked to close Second Street, but was changed to accommodate local businesses. The closures will begin at 4 p.m. that day.

The streets will be closed for the final Summer Nights event of the year. The theme will be “Back to School.” At the event, visitors can enjoy music at the First American Bank Plaza. Visiting groups include the Webster City Fire Department and the U.S. Army who are scheduled to bring a hummer and a dog tag machine. Food and other fun activities will also be available. The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The second street closure approved will be for when RVTV returns to Webster City. The event will take place on Sept. 8. Second Street from Seneca to Des Moines streets and Des Moines Street from Second to First Streets will be closed from 2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. that day. Many activities are planned for the day. Brown said they include a chili cookoff, a tug-of-war competition, tailgating, a silent auction, a coloring contest and much more.

In other business, the City Council awarded contracts for water projects. The contract for the 2014 water plant filter replacement project was awarded to C.L. Carroll Co. Inc., of Des Moines, in the amount of $840,000. The contract for the 2014 water main replacement project was awarded to J&K Contracting LLC, of Ames, in the amount of $89,920. The City Council also authorized payment for the completion of the water treatment plant pump replacement project. Payment was approved to Story Construction Inc., of Ames, in the amount of $12,956.25.

The City Council also adopted amendments to the code of ordinances pertaining to detached garages following its third reading.

Councilmen Matt McKinney and Logan Welch were absent at Monday’s meeting. Getter said McKinney was on vacation and Welch was out of town on business.