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New generator must be purchased for Municipal Facility

Friday, November 16, 2012

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.

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This wasn't figured into the cost of building the structure?? Who forgot this?? I suppose the cost of this will be on the citizens because of the city's forgetfulness?

All the hype of building this and forget a small detail that is needed?? And these guys are making decisions for the city and people in it... really??

-- Posted by edbru on Fri, Nov 16, 2012, at 12:04 PM

I think it must be a combination of the City's and the contractors in many of the forgotten items and unplanned costs to this building. If this were a personal project one would imagine that many of the items like this would have been addressed during the planning stages. Sure seems like maybe we need some major change in leadership in the management of this city. The need for this building was not ever a question in my mind. I just wonder who was planning this project and how something like a generator was overlooked.

-- Posted by love2liveinmccook on Mon, Nov 19, 2012, at 6:44 PM

The generator was to be in the facility, the architect had it planned in there but due to State Fire Marshal requirements, was not allowed as a temporary service as I understand it. The issue was neither with the City NOR the contractor but the architect.

@ love2, this is coming from a contractor, if this was a personal project..... I can assure you with 100% certainty that you would have a much higher ratio of the "overlooked's and forgot abouts". Don't kid yourself, I've seen the most detail oriented people forget about how the refrigerator door will open and thereby obstruct a cabinet door from opening after the building was over. Unless you can show me that everything you plan for the day goes step by step as expected, I can hardly accept that construction on a personal level would be better planned.

Throw that together with a multitude of sub contractors, change orders and an architect that looks things over once every two weeks whether he/she needs to or not, and the complexity level increases to a point that only a Chaostision could make order out of.

@ ed, you make more assumptions that any other poster on this site. You DO know what assuming does right?

The City hired an architect so they had someone that was capable of not only overseeing the project but foreseeing the project. Is there anyone out there that have worked with a large architect? Egotistical experts with full denyability is what they come down to. They will never admit that they should have known the State Fire Marshal's requirements, that would be left up to the contractor to tell the architect that there was something incorrect about the drawings...... on triplicate forms. Its a rather complex process, but I'm sure you two already knew that as I can see your expertise as I judge your book by the cover.

-- Posted by Nick Mercy on Mon, Nov 19, 2012, at 10:10 PM

Correction: the State Electrical Inspector rather than the State Fire Marshal was the authority overseeing the generator issue.

My mistake.

-- Posted by Nick Mercy on Tue, Nov 20, 2012, at 7:41 PM

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