Installing lights south of Interstate 80 will cost the City of Geneseo nearly $35,000 less than expected.
The engineer's estimate for the work was $79,846, but when bids were opened on Nov. 11, the low bid submitted was $45,274.
Geneseo contractor J.F. Edwards Construction Co. submitted the low bid. The only other bidder for the project was Barton Electric Inc. of Trenton which bid $62,321.
Geneseo mayor Linda Van Der Leest said the city was "most pleased" with the bid results.
Alderman Bob Wachtel questioned if the much-lower-than-expected bid could be the result of an error.
The city's electric superintendent Lewis Opsal said both city staff and the city's engineering firm, Missman Inc., reviewed the bid.
"It's a good bid," he said.
A total of five new aluminum poles will be installed between Interestate 80 and the south entrance of Tri-Co Insurance.
"The lights will match what's out there," said Opsal.
The area falls within the city's Route 82 Commercial TIF (Tax Increment Financing) district. Expenses for the lighting project will be loaned from the electric department to the TIF until the district accrues enough increment to repay the electric department for the street lights.
At the Nov. 12 city council meeting, aldermen unanimously voted to accept J.F. Edwards Construction Co.'s low bid for the project.
Also at the meeting:
• Aldermen heard a request from citizen Kathy Allen who asked that school zone "no cell phone" signs placed in the center of Ogden Avenue be relocated.
"The signs are cumbersome, klutzy, and they get in the way. I'm not opposed to the signs, I'm just opposed to them in the middle of the road. I think they're a safety hazard. I'd rather be watching for kids," said Allen.
Van Der Leest said the issue would be discussed at a city department managers' meeting.
• Aldermen approved the 2013 tax levy for the City of Geneseo for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2014, and ending June 30, 2015. The total tax levy for the city will be $773,655.
• Mayor Van Der Leest urged residents to support local businesses on Nov. 30, which is National Small Business Day.
• Van Der Leest proclaimed November as "National American Indian Heritage Month." She also issued a Thanksgiving proclamation marking Nov. 28 as a day to be "devoted by the people and for the people of these United States as a day of public Thanksgiving and prayer."