Genoans begin flood clean-up

Genoa will go forward to repair damage done in flooding over New Year's.

Town board members awarded a $39,402 contract to BR Construction after getting the go-ahead from Douglas County to do the work.

Town Manager Tom Peters told board members he sought bids from five companies and received responses from three.

BR's bid was the low bid, although higher than the $36,000 estimated the project would cost.

The high bid for the work was $80,095.

With the contract approved, work will begin cleaning up Nixon Street and other town streets damaged by the flood.

Mounds of gravel have already been removed by townspeople who wanted the material.

"We're at a point where we don't have much choice on it," town chairman Bill Donohoe said.

Genoa sought bids after the town learned it could be August before money would be released by the county for the work. Because the town relies on rentals of its historic church for weddings during the summer, town board members voted to move ahead of the rest of the county to clear Nixon Street.

The town will eventually be reimbursed by monies allocated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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