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Council approves South Lincoln Street contract

Council approves South Lincoln Street contract

October 17th, 2017 by Nicole Roberts in Local News

The Jefferson City Council has approved a project to repair South Lincoln Street, which collapsed after a washout.

Photo by Julie Smith /News Tribune.

The Jefferson City Council approved a contract to repair South Lincoln Street during Monday night's meeting.

South Lincoln Street is on a bank about 30 feet above Boggs Creek. A section of the street collapsed after a stream bank slide caused the pavement to settle in early May.

The council approved a $338,694 supplemental appropriation from the 2017-18 general fund to fund the contract with GWH Landscape.

Public Works Department Director Matt Morasch requested the City Council suspend the rules and vote on the contract during Monday's meeting.

City Engineer David Bange said some of the construction could start as soon as Monday, but most of the project depended on when the city receives a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The permit states the city has to wait to do some of the South Lincoln Street work until after Nov. 1.

Morasch anticipates GWH Landscape will start to remove pavement and get the site ready before then.

The project could take about 50 days, with completion possibly in late December, Bange said.

There is currently about $7.7 million in the general fund, which includes the $750,000 supplemental appropriation the City Council approved in August to go toward stormwater issues. The general fund must be at a minimum of 17 percent, or about $5.5 million, leaving about $2.2 million to go toward general fund projects.

With the approval of the South Lincoln Street project Monday night, the general fund balance will have about $1.86 million for other projects.

One of the other general fund projects discussed Monday night was the new Fire Station No. 2, projected to cost about $3.66 million. However, the city could have a $938,102 funding shortfall on the project.

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A bill presented Monday night requested the City Council approve a $1.2 million supplemental appropriation from the general fund and $800,000 from the Sales Tax F fund.

The bill also requested $106,785 from the fire department's building and grounds fund be reappropriated to the 208 fiscal year.

The council approved a $185,000 contract with Architects Alliance last year for professional planning and technical services for fire station No. 2, No. 4 and a proposed Fire Station No. 6 at St. Mary's. Fire Chief Matt Schofield said since the city has not received all of the services yet, $106,785 set aside in the 2017 fiscal year will be moved to the 2018 fiscal year.

Along with the Fire Station No. 2 supplemental appropriation bill, the City Council also heard another general fund supplemental appropriation bill Monday night: $640,000 to fund the downtown streetscape repair and event electric project, along with design fees.

In October 2016, the city contracted with MECO Engineering to study the feasibility of installing electrical services for downtown events and festivals.

The project also includes repairing sidewalks and street pavement.

With the South Lincoln Street contract, approval of the downtown streetscape and fire station supplemental appropriations would absorb the $2.2 million set aside for projects. No funding would be available other general fund projects this fiscal year.

Last week, the city Finance Committee approved sending the fire station bill to the council for more discussion. The city's Public Safety Committee approved the new Fire Station No. 2 schematic design plans last month.

Part of the city's Sales Tax G are going toward the new fire station. Sales Tax G contained about $912,500, and the city used $210,949 to purchase the Robinson Road site, leaving a remaining $701,551 in the fund.

If the City Council approves the Fire Station No. 2 bill, about $2.7 million would go toward the new fire station. This leaves a projected $938,102 shortfall.

Schofield said he will work with Architect Alliance to find ways to save on costs.

If the Council approves the bill, Ward 2 Councilman Rick Mihalevich said it "isn't authorization to proceed on any building, that we have a chance to discuss how we are going to fund this prior to that approval, that green light."

Schofield said if the City Council approves the bill, he will return with construction documents before the bidding process early in 2018 so the council can have a better understanding of the projected cost of the new fire station. The council would decide on moving forward with the bidding process.

If the City Council approves the bill, construction documents and bids, construction on the new Fire Station No. 2 could begin in the spring.

If the council doesn't approve the bill, Schofield said he and Architects Alliance would listen to the City Council's direction if they wanted to change items about the building.

Schofield said the fire department is considering selling the old Fire Station No. 2, located at 2400 E. McCarty St.