Neece Concrete will start placing concrete sidewalks and curbing next week on two blocks of South Main Street.

The Miami-based business submitted the only bid for concrete placement - winning the work with a proposal of $198,000.

Miami City Council members approved the bid Thursday in a special noon meeting on Thursday.

City engineer Jack Dalrymple said he is pleased with the bid as it came in lower than what his office projected.

Per the bid schedule, contractors will place concrete continuously behind city workers who will remove existing sidewalks and continue to prepare the project site for concrete placement.

The concrete work within the two-block section of Main Street will be paid for with transportation grant funds. The full renovation project - which stretches from Steve Owens Boulevard to Second Street North - will be completed using a mix of resources to include city, county, state and federal funding sources.

Concrete work is expected to be done with work by early October.

In other business, the council approved the removal of the traffic signal at Central Avenue and Main Street.

Permanent four-way stop signs will be posted at the intersection where temporary stop signs currently sit.

The change will mean an estimated $125,000 in savings to the City of Miami and, according to Dalrymple, will allow easier maneuvering for drivers and a more efficient intersection.

However, Dalrymple said that, if traffic volume increases to the point that signalization is needed, conduit is in place to accommodate the electrical needs without breaking into the sidewalks or streets.

“The simpler things get, the better they are - always,” Dalrymple said. “People are telling me now that they want the other signal (First Street North and Main Street) removed, too.”

Posting of the stop signs will mean the loss of two angular parking spaces.

Council members also approved a resolution and contract with the Department of Environmental Quality to formally launch a recycling program within the city limits of Miami.

The agreement paves the way for an estimated $30,000 in grant funding that be used to further plans for the next phase of recycling.

Council members, acting as the special utility authority approved a memorandum of understanding with the Modoc Tribe to enter into a recycling partnership.

The tribe declined to waive sovereign immunity as requested by city officials, but has expressed its willingness to carry liability insurance.

City attorney David Anderson said he is satisfied with the agreement.

Council members have asked that the agreement needs to be presented annually to the council for review.

On Thursday, the council also approved a contract with the firefighters union that includes a 3 percent pay raise and a $50-a-year increase in the allocation for firefighters' uniforms.