The South Kline Street storm sewer project should be done in September, city engineer Robin Bobzien said Monday.
That projected completion date is on schedule. Bobzien said at the Aberdeen City Council meeting that much of the workers' progress is due to the fact that it's been a dry summer.
At the meeting, the council approved a pay estimate of $90,145.13 to B&B Contracting for work on the South Kline storm sewer improvements. The project runs from Sixth Avenue Southeast to Fourth Avenue Southeast.
After the meeting, Bobzien said workers should finish up the storm piping today. Some of the sidewalk has been put in place, he said. Workers have done a lot of the subgrade work, which involves getting the existing soil down to the needed elevation. Toward the end of the week, workers will come in with fabrics and gravel “and maybe even some curb and gutter,” Bobzien said.
Also at the meeting, the council set a bid date of Aug. 14 at 2 p.m. for asbestos abatement at the former Bethlehem Lutheran Church building. Bobzien estimated the asbestos project will cost $20,000 to $40,000. The structure will be torn down later this year, following the asbestos removal.
The city's promotion fund was not discussed at Monday's meeting. But on July 23, the council approved the preliminary allocation for next year's promotion fund distribution. The allocations will be acted upon in September as part of the 2013 city budget.
Under the preliminary allocation, 21 organizations will receive a total of $967,000. Last year, 23 organizations received $943,500.
Here are the 2013 allocations for each group, followed by the amounts each received in 2012:
• Aberdeen Arts Council, $24,000 next year, $25,000 this year.
• Aberdeen Community Concerts, $2,000 next year, $2,000 this year.
• Aberdeen Development Corp., $100,000 next year, $100,000 this year.
• Aberdeen Downtown Association, $113,500 next year, $110,000 this year.
• Aberdeen Housing Authority, $35,000 next year, nothing this year.
• Absolutely! Aberdeen, $48,000 next year, $48,000 this year.
• Aberdeen Community Theatre, $33,000 next year, $38,000 this year.
• Boys and Girls Club, $10,000 next year, nothing this year.
• Chamber of Commerce, $15,000 next year, $15,000 this year.
• City marketing through Chamber, $92,000 next year, $95,650 this year.
• Convention and Visitors Bureau, $423,000 next year, $411,000 this year.
• Dacotah Prairie Museum, $12,000 next year, $12,000 this year.