Public Bidding Notice



2017 City of Spirit Lake Enterprise Ave. Water Main Improvements Project


Public notice is hereby given that the City of Spirit Lake, in Dickinson County, Iowa, will meet on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at 5:30 P.M., at which time and place a public hearing will be held in the Council Chambers in the Spirit Lake City Hall located at 1803 Hill Ave., Spirit Lake, IA 51360 on the proposed plans and specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost for the 2017 City of Spirit Lake Enterprise Ave. Water Main Improvements Project for said City. Sealed proposals will be received by the Spirit Lake City Administrator for the 2017 City of Spirit Lake Enterprise Ave. Water Main Improvements Project until 2:00 P.M. on Monday, July 10, 2017, at the Spirit Lake City Hall, located at 1803 Hill Ave., Spirit Lake, IA 51360; at which time the bids will be publicly opened and read. Proposals will be acted on by the Spirit Lake City Council at the aforementioned public hearing or at such later time and place as may then be fixed.


Work to Be Done: The work to be completed generally consists of approximately: 1 LS Traffic Control; 114 S.Y. Subgrade Preparation; 582 S.Y. 2” Modified Subbase; 114 S.Y. 6” Modified Subbase; 2 EA Concrete Sign Footing Removal; 1 EA Fire Hydrant Removal; 24 L.F. 18” RCP Storm Sewer Remove and Replace; 508 L.F. 8” D.I.P. Water Main, Trenched; 1 EA 8” Fitting, Tee D.I.P.; 6 EA Water Service Stub; 6 EA Water Service Corporation; 3 EA Water Service Curb Stop and Box; 1 EA 8” Gate Valve; 1 EA Fire Hydrant Assembly; 82 S.Y. 6” PCC Pavement; 53 L.F. 30”, 6” Curb and Gutter; 582 S.Y. Driveway Removal; 582 S.Y. Concrete Driveway; 195 S.Y. 6” Granular Driveway; 97 S.Y. Pavement Removal; 0.1 Acre Conventional Seeding, Seeding, Fertilizing, and Hydro-Mulching; 30 L.F. Filter Sock; 1 LS Mobilization; 2 EA Reinforced Concrete Footing and other related items of work.


See Bid Form for exact quantities.


Proposals: All proposals shall be made on official proposal forms furnished by the Engineer and shall contain worded and figured prices for the work bid on. All proposals shall be plainly legible, sealed, and addressed to the City of Spirit Lake, Attn: Greg Owens, City Administrator, City of Spirit Lake, 1803 Hill Ave., Spirit Lake, IA 51360. Bidder shall submit a Bidder Status Form with their bid. Failure to submit a fully completed Bidder Status Form with the bid may result in the bid being deemed unresponsive and rejected. A certified check or a bid bond of a reputable bonding company authorized to do business in the State of Iowa in an amount not less than ten percent (10%) of the total amount of the bid shall be included in a separate sealed envelope, plainly marked “bid bond”. The bid guarantee shall be forfeited as liquidated damages if the successful bidder fails proper execution.

The checks or bid bonds of the lowest two or more bidders may be held for the earlier of 7 days after the effective date of the agreement or 61 days after the bid opening, whereupon Bid Security furnished by such bidders will be returned. Other checks or bid bonds will be returned after the tabulation of bids is completed.


Performance and Payment Bonds:  The successful bidder must execute performance and payment bonds, each in an amount equal to one hundred (100%) percent of the contract amount to ensure a timely, efficient, and complete performance. The bonds shall be issued from a reputable bonding company authorized to do business in the State of Iowa.


Liquidated Damages:  Liquidated damages will be assessed the contractor in the amount of five hundred dollars ($500.00) per working day that the work remains uncompleted after the end of the contract period with due allowances for extensions due to conditions beyond the control of the contractor.


Withdrawal of Bids:  No submitted bids may be withdrawn for a period of thirty (30) days from the scheduled closing time for the receipt of bids.


Payment:  The Contractor will be paid monthly in an amount equal to ninety-five percent (95%) of the Work completed during the previous month according to the Engineer’s estimate. The final payment will be made not less than thirty (30) days after completion of the Work and acceptance by the City. No final payment will be due until the Contractor has certified that the materials, labor, and services have been paid for in accordance with the Project Manual.



Plans, Specifications, and Contract Documents:  Complete digital project bidding documents are available at You may download the digital plan documents at no charge by inputting Quest project #5177713 on the website’s Project Search page. Please contact at 952-233-1632 or for assistance in free membership registration, downloading, and working with this digital project information. An optional paper set of the proposal forms and specifications for individual use may be obtained from the office of the Engineer, Beck Engineering Inc., 3301 Zenith Ave, PO Box 238, Spirit Lake, Iowa 51360.  A refundable deposit of $100.00 is required for the documents. Deposit will be returned if plans and project manual are returned in good condition within 14 days after public hearing date.


Acceptance or Rejection of Bids:  The right to accept or reject any or all bids and to waive informalities is reserved.


Time Frame:


Final Completion shall be October 20, 2017.


By virtue of statutory authority, preference will be given to products and provisions grown and coal produced within the State of Iowa and to Iowa domestic labor to the extent lawfully required under Iowa statutes, providing that the award of the contract will be made to the lowest responsible bidder submitting the lowest acceptable bid, which shall be given without regard to state or local law whereby preference is given on factors other than the amount of the bid.

City of Spirit Lake


By: /s/        Blain Andera            .      





By: /s/           Gregg Owens                .

City Administrator

Splash Pad Open May 27/Spring Cleanup Days Reminder and Rules

The Splash Pad at Memorial Park will be officially open for the season on May 27.

As promised in notices with water bills, in the Lakes News Shopper, on the radio and on Facebook, Spring Cleanup Days are underway.

Please follow the link to the City’s Facebook page for another source of the complete list of rules previously published!

Green Waste Site/Curbside Pickup/Splash Pad

There will be an announcement in the coming weeks as to when the green waste site will open and curbside pickup will commence.  It is still winter, and these activities are dependent on weather.  Once we’ve settled into a nice Spring weather pattern an announcement will be made.

Typically, the City tries to have the splash pad at Memorial Park open around Memorial Day, so look for an announcement sometime in early May as to when the splash pad will be in operation.  Again, dependent on some solid, warm weather.

Rod Bakker Retirement Celebration – May 23rd City Hall 2-4 p.m.

Bakker to retire from Spirit Lake Police Department

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


PHOTO BY WILL MUSGROVE Rodney Bakker is retiring from the Spirit Lake Police Department after serving the community for the past 31 years. In his three decades on the force, the lieutenant hasn’t once called in sick.

During his 31 years as a Spirit Lake officer, Rodney Bakker has been deployed on countless patrols, filled out numerous reports and responded to a copious amount of calls.But soon he will turn in his badge.

The lieutenant plans to retire at the end of the week. His final day on the force is Saturday, May 21.

“I really liked the challenge of the job,” Bakker said. “Every day you come in, you have no idea what is going to happen. I really enjoyed my time here. Plus, the pay was OK.”

Bakker grew up in Hull in a family of nine. It was in that small Iowa town where he met his wife while attending Boyden-Hull High School. The two married in 1980.

Bakker and his wife traveled to Appleton, Wisconsin. There he earned his associate’s degree in police science at Fox Valley Technical College.

In 1985, Bakker enlisted into the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in Johnston. He said his brother, who was also an officer, inspired him to become a cop.

Bakker worked at the Akron Police Department for seven months after graduating from the academy. He decided to join SLPD in September of 1985.

“I liked the Lakes Area,” Bakker said. “We once in a while vacationed there when I was a kid. There’s lots of hunting and fishing here, which are things I enjoy doing, so we thought it’d be a great fit.”

Bakker wanted to continue his education. He enrolled into Bellevue University while still serving on the Spirit Lake Police Department. After a year driving down to Sioux City every Thursday night, he eventually obtained his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

“Getting your degree gives you more background and education,” the 1996 Bellevue graduate said. “It also allows you to move up in the ranks if you want.”

Not much changed in Bakker’s three decades of protecting the Spirit Lake community. He said “crime is crime” and that he is still going on calls today that he did years prior.

Despite the basics of law enforcement remaining the same, technology was constantly evolving, for better or worse.

“In some ways technology has made the job a little easier, in other ways it has made it more stressful,” Bakker said. “Everything is on computers now. When I first started, traffic tickets, accident reports, incident reports, you wrote them all out by hand, including the narrative. You rarely pick up a pen now.”

Now that he is older, Bakker finds himself serving as a role model for some of the younger officers. He often fields questions about codes and ordinances.

“I pretty much know all the codes and ordinances, the numbers and everything,” Bakker said. “A lot of times, young officers will call me or just ask me for a little advice.

“I was hired to enforce the law and that’s what I have been doing. I stay active. I say that to the younger guys all the time. If you want to fight burnout, stay active and do the job you were trained to do.”

Good attendance might be another lesson shared by the outgoing lieutenant. Bakker never called in sick during his 31 years with the Spirit Lake Police Department.

Bakker was sent on some unusual calls in his time on the force, from replacing batteries in smoke detectors to pest control.

“In a small town we do everything,” Bakker said. “There was a house I went to one night where a lady pointed to couple of closed doors. She said ‘the bat is behind that door, and my husband is hiding behind that door.’ We do all kinds of calls, good and bad.”

An officer may retire when he or she turns 55 years old. Bakker, who is 56, elected to stay on for an extra year, but he said being a cop is a “young man’s game.”

“The average age of the people that we deal with, fight with, is 25,” Bakker said. “They are strong and full of energy and probably on drugs or drunk. You can easily get hurt when you are older.”

Bakker hopes to keep working full-time. He said he will be helping in the back at Fisherman’s Factory Outlet in Spirit Lake.

“I’m too young to quit work altogether,” Bakker said. “I’ve worked hard all my life. I actually don’t have to work if I don’t want to, but I don’t know what else I would do.”

Although he is looking forward to his new job, Bakker said he will always be an officer at heart.

“There are two things I would do again in my life if I could start over,” Bakker said. “One would be marry my wife, the other would be a cop. I enjoy the camaraderie with the other officers. I’ve gotten to know officers in all different agencies around the county and some out of the county. You get to become friends because you count on each other so much each day.”

Police Chief Jeff Hanson said the department is losing one of its most valuable and experienced officers.

“When I first started here, Rodney taught me a lot,” Hanson said. “He has an abundance of knowledge about the job. We are going to be losing 31 years of experience. Doing this job for 31 years is quite an accomplishment. A person has to sacrifice a lot for this job.”

The Spirit Lake Police Department will host an event from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, May 21, at the Spirit Lake City Hall to honor Bakker’s career.

Green Waste Site Open March 24, 2016


City of Spirit Lake and City of Orleans residents will be able to use the green waste site commencing Thursday March 24, 2016. The site will be open the following hours:  Saturdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sundays 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesdays 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Thursdays 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

The site will be staffed by an attendant and residents will need to present their drivers’ license to the attendant to verify residence. The attendant will have a list of city residents and water customers of the cities of Orleans and Spirit Lake.

The cities ask the cooperation of residents in not arriving before the gates open or before working hours commence to avoid a line of vehicles on the county road for the safety of all concerned.

Residents may bring their yard waste (leaves, grass clippings, twigs, brush). Tree trunks, limbs and branches over 6” in diameter will not be accepted, but may be taken to the Dickinson County Recycling Center.

Use of the green waste site is free of charge.

The City of Spirit Lake will continue to provide curbside pickup of yard waste (same conditions as above) on a weekly basis, every Friday commencing April 1, 2016, please have any waste to the curb by 7 a.m.