At its July 2 meeting, the Ralston City Council approved the following:
- An amendment to a contract with HDR to draft requests for proposal for two city-owned properties in the Hinge, the area of Ralston that connects the 72nd and Main streets area to downtown. One of the properties is a parking lot on Park Drive while the other is a vacant lot on the corner of 76th and Burlington streets. The contract is $9,000.
- A contract with JEO Consulting Group for work to help the city update its zoning ordinances. The updated ordinances will steer future development in the Hinge to follow the city’s master plan for the area.
- A $211,000 bid with Mackie Construction Inc. for sidewalk and pavement replacement at the Ralston Arena. Julie Ogden, a project engineer at JEO, said the company would make sure the appropriate mix of concrete was used, conduct material testing and measure for appropriate thickness. The contract was awarded subject to additional reference checks by JEO.
The council also reconsidered and re-approved the establishment of a franchise fee on Blacks Hills Energy for a gas contract. The city’s legal counsel determined that the previous vote that approved the fee, a 3-1 vote at the June 18 meeting, was improper because the vote had to be approved by a majority of all council members, not just those present.
Councilwoman Maureen Konwinski voted no, saying she didn’t want to put another burden on the city’s residents, while Lee Fideline and Brian Kavanaugh were absent.
The July 2 vote was 4-2, with Konwinski and Fideline voting no.
– Brody Hilgenkamp