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Sidewalk Contractor Pulls Out

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City Back To Square One On Sharp Street Sidewalk Project

By Joe Foreman, Editor

    It’s back to the drawing board for the sidewalk repair work on the south side of Glenwood’s Town Square.
    The Glenwood City Council was informed at its May 10 meeting by engineering consultant Steve Perry that All-American Landscaping of Nebraska City has withdrawn from the contract to do sidewalk repair work on the 400 block of Sharp Street after failing to get properly registered with the state of Iowa. All-American Landscaping owner Ryan Sjulin informed Perry of problems getting his Iowa contractor’s registration approved in an e-mail sent May 5.
    “I don’t know what it all means, but it appears he will not be getting registered soon,” Perry told council members.
    The city has been attempting to get repair work done on the stretch of sidewalk since last summer. The first contractor awarded the job went out of business, forcing the city to solicit bids for a second time. All-American Landscaping, which dropped its bid from over $24,000 in Round 1 to $9,000 in Round 2, was awarded the contract with the understanding work would be completed before winter. However, at a Nov. 9 council meeting, Ryan Sell, one of the property owners on the 400 block of Sharp Street being asked to share in the cost of the repairs, told the council he suspected All-American Landscaping wasn’t legally qualified to perform work in the state of Iowa. Sell said at his request, All-American Landscaping failed to provide proof of State of Iowa Contractor registration and a $25,000 bond required of company’s based outside the state of Iowa. Sell said he requested the documentation from All-American because once the work is completed, individual property owners will be responsible for future upkeep and maintenance.
    Later in November, Sjulin attended a city council meeting to address the concerns brought to the council’s attention. Sjulin said his business is based out of Hamburg, not Nebraska City, despite the fact that bid documents presented to the city listed a Nebraska  City address and the company’s website indicated it was located in Nebraska. Sjulin was never questioned by council members about the address discrepancies, and by a 5-0 vote, they agreed to delay the project until this spring with All-American doing the work as long as the contractor was able to get the necessary paperwork in order.
    The city is now forced to solicit bids on the project for a third time. Council members were told the work would likely be carried out in late summer or early fall, which means the barricades will remain in place for several more months to warn pedestrian traffic of portions of the sidewalk that are uneven and potentially dangerous.