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A plan to make the Parkside Recreation Center an emergency shelter is moving forward.
The Wellman City Council accepted a bid for the installation of a new generator at the facility during its Monday meeting.
The city received three bids for the project, and opted to accept the mid-priced bid: $115,880 from Ace Electric of North Liberty for a 250 kilowatt generator.
Advanced Electric of Iowa City submitted the lowest bid - $95,000 for a 200 kilowatt generator. A third bid came from Randall Electric of Iowa City for $139,500.
Questions arose, though, when a representative from Advanced Electric said that the company does not directly service the generator.
Ace Electric is the authorized local Kohler generator distributor.
“I’m comfortable with going with the larger capacity out of the gate,” Councilman Tracy Owens said.
“Ace has been good to the city,” Councilman Bob Goodrich added, noting that the company installed and services the generator at the Wellman Fire Department.
Council members decided that they would prefer to go with a company that will directly service the generator.
Owens asked what kind of turnaround time Ace would have for the project.
The representative from Ace replied that it would be eight to 10 weeks for the generator, but possibly 10 to 12 weeks for the relay switch.
Councilman McCain said he would like to see it installed prior to July 27, when RAGBRAI comes through town, just in case there was a weather emergency.
The project will be funded by a $101,860 grant from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation.
The city was awarded the grant in fall 2017.
The city will have to pay the first $20,000 toward the project. The grant will cover the remainder, up to $101,860.