Tonight, the Neosho City Council will consider approval of local contractor Branco Enterprises to perform planned improvements on a portion of East Spring Street.
Council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. this evening at city hall council chambers, 203 E. Main St.
The council members will consider two bids from Branco Enterprises, a base bid of $473,965.35, for concrete trail, and an alternate bid of $442,094.95, for asphalt trail.
City staff has recommended that the council opt for concrete to be used on the new trail.
The project includes a new asphalt overlay on East Spring Street, from Washington Street to the other side of White Avenue.
Contractors will also be replacing sidewalks and curb and guttering on East Spring Street, from Washington Street to the Kansas City Southern railroad tracks.
A trail and small crossing will also be installed between the Lampo Building and the helicopter pad.
The project is to be funded in part by a Missouri Department of Transportation enhancement grant and has been in the works since 2007.
Allgeier, Martin and Associates were signed on in 2009 to perform the engineering work for the project, though the East Spring Street improvements were delayed until recently due to the city's financial concerns.
Project engineers have recommended that the city contract with Branco Enterprises for the project, and noted in the recommendation that with both the base and alternate bids Branco came in as the lowest bidder, as well as below budget.
City Manager Troy Royer said the city is obligated to follow through with the East Spring Street improvements, after a former city council obligated the city to the project by spending grant money on engineering services.
Royer said if the city failed to complete the project, they would be required to pay back the grant funds.
The project will also be funded, in part, by surface transportation funds and by Missouri Development Finance Board funds.
Royer said the total cost to the city comes to $56,774, with the funding coming out of the street contract work budget.
In other business:
• Council members are scheduled to consider, on first reading, budget adjustments for the Neosho Police Department, the street, drainage and fleet budget, the water plant and wastewater budget, the water distribution and maintenance budget and the finance department budget.
• Council is also scheduled to take a final vote on a $100,000 budget adjustment for the wastewater line capital improvements budget, which would move the $100,000 budgeted for improvements last year into the current budget to help fund the upcoming line improvement project.
• Council is scheduled to vote on final reading on a proposal to amend Chapter 405 of the city's ordinances, to change height limitations on signage from 45-feet to 90-feet if within a distance of a half-mile from an interstate highway.
Page 2 of 2 - • Council will consider approval of a $4,900 bid from Lakeland Office Systems for a new printer that is compatible with the city's new accounting software.
• Council will consider approval of additional state funding for the airport mapping project, with state funds for the project totaling $2,619 and the city's portion increasing from $705 to $996. The project is intended to bring land records up to date, at a total cost of $17,000.
• Council members will vote on approval of Bill's Electric, to serve as the city's alternative electric contractor when the city's primary electrical contractor cannot respond to service calls in a reasonable amount of time. Bill's Electric charges $42 for business hours, $63 after hours and $84 for holiday hours.