Here is an update from last night's meeting:
1- The council voted 8-0 on the plans and the Guaranteed Maximum Price for the new Fire Station at 53rd St. and Woodsonia. The architecture firm for the project is William Spurgeon Kuhl & Freshnock Architects, Inc. The Construction Manager for the project is McCown Gordon. Last night, the architect working on the project, Rick Kuhl, explained the plans for the new station:
* A training room that will be open for community use as well as a training space for the firefighters
* A gear storage room that can also be used as a storm shelter
* It will be gender neutral, allowing equal access for all firefighters working at the station
* An energy efficient design (spray on insulation in the walls and ceiling)
* A drive-thru station with access to both 53rd St. & Woodsonia
* It will be roughly 9200 sq. ft.
* It will house 4 firefighters, with 2 additional bunks.
McCown Gordon provided the council with a hard number of $3.8 million for the project; this is the Guaranteed Maximum Price. The ONLY way the price could increase is due to additional site work and inflation. City staff has the project at a 100% design stage in regard to the plans and is comfortable with the $49,000 contingency built into the price. We want to make sure the new fire station blends in with the surrounding community, so there will be brick and stone on the outside of the station as well as a stucco like material. The council will discuss at a later date the funding source for the new station.
2- Through CARS funding, the city will be reimbursed up to 50% (up to $1.1 million) for the Johnson Drive Rehabilitation project. This is between I-435 and Martindale Road.
3- The council approved the 53rd Street improvement plan from Roberts Road to Woodsonia with an estimated cost of $875,000. This will connect the existing commercial Woodsonia West Center (Knubs Pub, Pegahs, Salon Hello Beautiful, etc.) to the residents of Woodsonia subdivision. This connection is necessary for the firetrucks.
4- Sarah Johnston, from Monticello Trails Middle School, won the Mayor for the Day contest; great video Sarah!!!
Please reach out if you have comments, questions, or concerns. The next City Council Meeting will be May 14th at 7:00pm