The McCook City Council will be asked to select an architect and approve a contract for the design of a new city fire station, at its regular meeting Monday, 7:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers in Memorial Auditorium.
At its April 20 meeting, the council approved the "Request for Qualifications" from architectural firms, for the design of a city fire station. Proposals from architects were opened and reviewed on Thursday and city staff's recommendation is based on the review of those proposals. Initial design drawings will be submitted to the city by June 1 in order to meet grant requirements.
The architect will assist the city in the design of a municipal fire station at the West Ward School property. The fire station is part of a future "City Facility Campus" that will include the police department along with city offices.
The designs for the fire station and selected architect are contingent on whether the city receives a grant from the Assistance to Firefighters grant program. About $210 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will be used for grants to modify, upgrade or construct non-federal fire stations.
Projects submitted for the grants will be ranked according to weighted criteria, said McCook City Fire Chief Marc Harpham, with higher priority given to projects that are "shovel ready" or with property already available for the facility.
Also at Monday night's meeting, a public meeting will be conducted for public comment concerning the city's application to the Department of Economic Development for a Community Development Block Grant Neighborhood Stabilization program award.
The city is requesting $629,720 for demolition within city limits, with $605,500 for demolition-only activity and $24,220 for general administration activity.
After the hearing, the council will be asked to adopt a resolution authorizing the mayor to sign all grant-related documents for funds distributed by the Department of Economic Development through the Neighborhood Stabilization program.
The council also will convene two executive sessions, one for collective bargaining and another regarding pending and potential litigation with Terry Jessen and Bernard and Kathy Weaver.
At its Feb. 15 regular meeting, the council upheld the McCook's Health Board's decision that property owned by Jessen at 301 E. Second and the Weaver's property at 1306 West 12th were a public nuisance. The city filed a complaint March 16 in Red Willow County District Court that the properties were a nuisance and safety hazard.
Both Jessen and the Weavers have refuted those allegations in responses filed with the District Court.
The council will also be asked to approve an agreement to extend the time for a construction contract to be in place, for a sidewalk to be installed along B Street/U.S. Highway 6-34 to Wedgewood Drive.
The supplemental agreement will extend the contract between the city and W Design, from the original date of July 1, 2008 to the date when the construction contract is awarded, for preliminary engineering services concerning the inner loop portion of the McCook Walking Trail
As a consent agenda item, this can be approved with other consent agenda items in one motion or pulled for discussion by a member of the public or a council member.