Archive for Thursday, May 15, 2008

Bonner Council OKs extending trail

May 15, 2008

The walking trail to Bonner Springs Aquatic Park is set to lengthen by more than a mile and a quarter after the Bonner Springs City Council approved a bid at a meeting Monday night.

The first part of the planned trail stretching from Kansas Avenue south to Metropolitan Avenue on 134th Street was completed last summer, from the entrance of the Bonner Springs Aquatic Park to the corner of Linda Lane and Metropolitan. The north part of the trail leading from the park entrance at 1200 S. 134th St., wasn't completed because the bids from contractors had been more costly than had been anticipated when the trail was planned.

Although $77,095 bid by Harbour Construction for construction of a .4-mile span of the northern part of the trail - from Pioneer Road to the park's entrance - came in at $12,095 more than anticipated by public works staff, the council voted unanimously to approve the budget.

While discussing the issue, council member Lloyd Mesmer remarked that in his experience, bids for a construction project don't get cheaper as time goes by and that the council ought to "bite the bullet."

The project will be funded by using capital improvement funds from this year's budget and the remaining $1,416 coming from the operating budget of the Parks and Recreation Department.

In other actions Monday the Council:

¢ Heard a presentation from city management intern Robb Miller on space options for city administrative and police department offices and on options for what to do with the 1918 Building. See SPACE OPTIONS, Page 1A.

¢ Approved payment claims for city operations for $276,564.

¢ Approved payment of Public Housing Authority claims for $2,828.

¢ Approved the appointment of Gene Reynolds to the Board of Zoning Appeals to fill the seat left vacant by Richard Landers' death. Reynolds' term will expire August 2011.

¢ Approved the awarding of a bid to demolish five properties for flood mitigation purposes to Harvey Brothers Trucking and Wrecking Company for $23,548.

FEMA will reimburse 75 percent of the cost, which comes to $17,661.

¢ Approved the awarding of a $383,550 contract to Reinwald Construction to expand the Public Works Department offices and the shop for the Parks and Recreation Department. The construction will include the replacement of the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning in the existing Public Works office and a split-block face along the building's north side to match the existing building.

¢ Heard proclamations from Mayor Clausie Smith recognizing Bonner Springs High School students Anthony Lee, Joshua Cook and Blake Tuttle for serving on the Mayor's Youth Council; the Bonner Springs EMS department for Emergency Medical Services week, May18-24; and for National Law Enforcement Memorial Week, May 11-18.

¢ Heard a city manager's report by John Helin, in which he told the Council the foundation for the new library was being laid this week. Matt Beets, project manager for the city, said the library's construction was behind a couple of weeks as a result of recent rains but that the time would soon be made up, weather permitting. Also, Helin reported, the new entrance to the cemetery should be finished next week.

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