It has been a little over a year since the Washington Street bridge was closed to disrepair and after Monday night’s city council meeting, work on the bridge will soon be under way.
Monday night the Sedalia City Council approved a bid from L.F. Krupp Construction, Inc. in the amount of $1,144,064, for the construction and repair of the Washington Street Bridge project.
Work will begin very soon on the bridge, but there is still paperwork that needs to be done with Union Pacific for work to be done on their property.
Work can begin within the next month on the portions of the bridge that lay on city property.
A representative from Ollson Associates was on hand and informed the council that due to language in the contract, substantial work to the bridge must be completed in 294 days.
Based on this time table, construction should be completed sometime in the coming fall.
The News-Journal will have further reports on the status of the project as it comes in the near future.
During the council meeting on Monday, council members accepted two bids for four new police vehicles to be purchased.
The Sedalia City Council accepted a bid from Rick Ball Ford in the amount of $47,866 for the purchase of two Ford Interceptors. Each vehicle is bid at $23,933.
The council also approved a bid from Bryant Motors for the purchase of two Dodge Chargers. The accepted bid price was $49,946, and this equaled out to $24,973 for each vehicle.
The bid from Bryant Motors for the two Dodge Chargers was not the lowest bid, which came in $147 per unit lower. The Sedalia Police Department recommended to accept the Bryant Motors bid that has performed warranty work in the past in a timely manner.
The council amended an ordinance pertaining to vehicle use of the City of Sedalia’s Personnel regulation Manual by adding the position of Airport Director to the list of employee positions who are allowed to utilize a city vehicle to and from work.
This vehicle will not be used for personal use, only business pertaining to Sedalia Regional Airport.
In other council news, the city council approved the sole source purchase of computer firewalls and licensing support from Midwest Computech for the replacement of existing firewalls at the Street and Alley building, West and Central Fire Stations and the Municipal Building in the amount of $19,475.
An additional $5,160 was approved for the addition of a firewall appliance at the Sedalia Regional Airport. It will also include the installation of wireless access at the airport and Municipal Building.
During a pre-council work session, Scott Joplin Foundation President Nevin Almquist met with the council and gave an annual funding report.
During his report, Almquist asked the council to consider increasing the yearly funding amount given by the city from $7,500 up to $10,000.
This would help offset the difference due to a cut in grant money that the Scott Joplin Foundation receives yearly from the Missouri Arts Council.