McCOOK, Nebraska -- The McCook City Council will review information pertaining to a previously unplanned purchase of a generator system for the McCook Municipal Facility, Monday evening, during their regularly scheduled meeting at Memorial Auditorium. City staff informed the council during their Nov. 5 meeting that they had recently been informed the portable generator system in use for emergency services dispatching would not be acceptable at the new facility and a permanent generator would need to be purchased.
City Manager Jeff Hancock said there may be contingency funds available and the use of sales tax dollars was also likely. According to the information councilors will review during Monday's 7:30 p.m. meeting, the city will be looking to purchase a 80kw generator system that initial estimates predict to have a cost in the $30,000 to $35,000 range, before sales tax and any associated electrical work or installation of concrete pads.
A change order also will be considered by councilors increasing the "guaranteed maximum price" of the Fox Theatre renovation project by $11,744 and extending the contract time for substantial completion by 30 days. The new total project cost will be $516,744, with a substantial completion date of Dec. 1, 2012.
The project received a $254,300 CDBG grant with the required match and additional funding being provided by the Alliance for the Encouragement of Visual and Performing Arts. No city funds have been committed for the project.
Councilors have a second executive session scheduled for the annual evaluation of the job performance of City Manager Jeff Hancock. Hancock's employment agreement had been scheduled to be approved immediately following the first executive session, during the Nov. 5 City Council meeting, and his salary and compensation package were scheduled to be approved with the three-reading rule suspended. Mayor Dennis Berry asked that those items be tabled until the Nov. 16 City Council meeting to allow appropriate time for discussion. Berry added that the change was not a sign of dissatisfaction with Hancock's job performance.
Hancock's employment agreement is scheduled for approval following Monday's executive session and his salary and compensation package are scheduled to be approved with the three-reading rule suspended.
Other items on the consent and regular agenda:
* The ordinance authorizing the McCook City Council to issue a temporary ban on discharging fireworks within city limits will be considered on its third and final reading required for approval. The ordinance would not prohibit local sales of fireworks or the annual Fourth of July fireworks display, put on at Red Willow County Fairgrounds.
* An ordinance which implements the reduction to the city occupation tax on telephone land lines, previously approved by councilors as part of the 2012-13 city budget, will be considered on its second of three required readings. The ordinance reduces the tax from 3 percent to 1.5 percent, effective Jan. 1, 2013.
* BSB Construction has been recommended by city staff to be awarded the bid for the East Ninth and G Street drainage project in the amount of $49,290. BSB was the only bidder on the project, which will have a total cost of $57,127, including engineering work.
* Paulsen Inc., is recommended to be awarded the bid for the East H Street paving project, from Norris Avenue to Airport Road, in the amount of $1,648,734. The project is estimated to have a total project cost of $1,863,583, once construction engineering costs have been negotiated. According to the meeting agenda, eighty percent of the project will be funded by federal funds and twenty percent will be funded with sales tax.
* Schmicks Market has applied for special liquor licenses for a receptions at the Red Willow County Fairgrounds Community Building on Dec. 1, 2012 and at the Keystone Business Center on Dec. 8, 2012.