Mt. Pleasant council moves ahead with several projects to improve housing in city

The Mt. Pleasant City Council made a number of moves at its Wednesday meeting to help improve the housing situation in the city.

The council awarded a bid for street and sewer repairs on East Monroe Street. The project starts just east of the South Hayes intersection and goes east about 1,100 feet.

Hickey Contracting Company of Keokuk was the low bid at $272,253, which was well below the $332,000 estimate.

“We’re fixing a portion of East Monroe, and that will result in the construction of 10 to 12 townhouses, which is a tremendous deal for us,” Mayor Steve Brimhall said. “The developer has already bought land, and he’s waiting for us to fix the street, sewer and all that, which has to happen at the same time.”

The council agreed to put two city-owned lots up for sale. The lots are at 107 North White and 605 North Lombardy Road.

The lots will be sold at a public hearing on Jan. 27, via sealed bid.

“Tonight we’re agreeing to sell two lots for houses that will be built in the next two years,” Brimhall said. “These are infill lots. We’ll get houses built on lots that previously had crappy houses that we took down.”

The council also awarded the contract for repairs on Saunders Road and the parking area at Saunders Park.

Hickey Contracting Company, again, was the low bidder at $150,739.90. The estimated cost was more than $183,000.

“We’re fixing Saunders Road and the parking down at Saunders Park,” Brimhall said. “This is a lead-in for the trail that goes south.

“So, we’re finishing that project, and it should be something that the patrons really like.”

The council approved the specifications and set a public hearing for the final phase of the ongoing downtown project, with this phase focusing on West Monroe from the Square, west.

Bids will be opened on Feb. 9, and a public hearing to award the bid was set for Feb. 10.

“We approved the last phase of the uptown plan on West Monroe,” Brimhall said. “In another month, we’re going to know what it will cost us to go from the Square west and get the last part of the downtown finished. It’s been a long project.”

Brimhall noted other projects, including the purchase of a dilapidated house at 303 North Jackson and the upcoming completion of the North Lincoln Street project.

“We’ve got a lot of good things started, and we’ve got more to come before the year is over,” he said.