Perry earns Iowa Great Place status, pays construction bills

Perry officially an Iowa Great Place

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The Perry City Council approved Elder Corporation's pay request of $42,399,95 was approved for a portion of the Willis Avenue bridge replacement project at its Monday meeting.

Perry has been redesignated an Iowa Great Place, renewing its 2011 status from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

Perry City Administrator Sven Peterson announced at Monday’s meeting of the Perry City Council that the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) has re-designated Perry as an Iowa Great Place.

The council later gave approval for Peterson to file a pre-grant application. Doing so will allow Peterson to submit proposed projects for grant aid through the Iowa Great Places program.

Perry attained its status as an Iowa Great Place in 2011 from the DCA and received a $100,000 grant for a new roof on the Nudgers building at 1216 Second St. The designation expired in 2016.

In other business, the council authorized a pay request of $63,122.75 to Harland Concrete as part of the Park Street widening project, which will see curb grinding and an asphalt overlay later this month.

InRoads Paving was hired by Dallas County for their portion of the Park Street project, and the Perry council approved a $29,940 pay request to complete the overlay.

Other infrastructure business included Elder Corporation’s pay request of $42,399.95 for a portion of the Willis Avenue bridge replacement project. The council approved the pay request.

The council also chose Aug. 6 for a public hearing on issuing general obligation bonds in the amount of $400,000. The money would be used for new garbage trucks and cans to be used in the new garbage and recycling plans, which begin Monday, Aug. 6.

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