Council awards contract for Shawnee Town addition
Shawnee Town museum is one step closer in its efforts to create a farmstead area and complete the transformation to “Shawnee Town, 1929.”
The Shawnee City Council on Monday approved a design-build contract for Shawnee Town’s plan to create farmstead in the location of the former East Pool and possibly add new buildings to the “town” area of the museum if funding allows. But first, Council members made it clear the funding that would support this project was specially designated for parks and recreation and could not be used for other city needs, like street resurfacing.
The Council unanimously approved awarding the contract to The Konrath Group, Kansas City, Mo., and entering into an agreement for the first phase of services for $54,393. The company submitted a proposal to perform all planning and design phases of the project for $125,643, plus $475,000 estimated for the cost of construction. This cost estimate was used for all three bidders.
Phase 1 of the project simply includes preparation of a guaranteed maximum price for final design and construction of the farmstead only, and a second guaranteed maximum price for design and construction of both the farmstead and the town buildings.
Council member Dan Pflumm expressed concern that the city had not gone with the lowest of the three bidders, Harmon Construction at $111,800, when the city has other areas in which funding is needed.
Burt Schnettgoecke, city project engineer, explained that the contractor’s qualifications and experience in historical construction was weighed more heavily than the price they quoted, which was part of why Konrath was selected. He reminded Pflumm that the method of selection for the contract was approved by the Council at its Sept. 13, 2009, meeting.
Pflumm said the city had three competent contractors bid on the project and he wouldn’t have thought there would be that much of a difference between the three.
Council member Neal Sawyer said he wanted the source of the project funds to go on record.
“In my opinion it’s going to look bad if we’re going to do construction on Shawnee Town and not on the streets,” he said. “So I’d like to get a reminder for the Council and for the public.”
Bryan Kidney, city finance director, said the funding for Shawnee Town’s renovation was coming from the Special Park and Recreation Fund, which received funding from state alcohol taxes that must be used for parks and recreation. Funding also was provided from the Deffenbaugh Foundation, which had given the museum a $500,000 donation.
Council member Jeff Vaught said he would have preferred to see the contract awarded to a Kansas-based company. Schnettgoecke said the selection committee did consider that, but felt confident the Konrath could bid out some of the work to local contractors.
He also reminded Council members they were approving only Phase 1 for now, and Konrath would still have to come back with a guarantee of its maximum price for the overall project.
Creation of the farmstead will include relocating the Hart Home and reconstructing the rear portion of the home, relocating the Bender Barn and smokehouse and constructing a market shed and other small farm structures.
The “town” portion of the project includes construction of Dr. Sullivan’s House, Yotz Typewriter Repair Shop, a barber shop and an ice house, along with improvements to the Jail.
In other business, the Council:
• Recognized outgoing Council members Frank Goode and Kevin Straub.
• Swore in re-elected Council members Pflumm and Michelle Distler and newly-elected Council members David Morris and Vaught.
• Approved final plans for Clear Creek Recreational Trail Phase II and an encroachment agreement with Quest Pipeline for the trail’s construction.
• Heard the mayor proclaim May as Shawnee Shine Up month, encouraging residents to get involved in environmentally-friendly and clean-up efforts. Participants who contact the city will receive certificates of recognition.
• Conducted a public hearing to rescheduled a public hearing for the creation of a Community Improvement District for Ten Quivira Plaza for April 26.
• Conducted a public hearing and approved an amendment to the 2009 Community Development Block Grant application.
• Approved temporary sign variances for size and location during the Kansas Highway 7/ Johnson Drive road project.
• Heard a report on the Kansas Legislature from Rep. Milack Talia, D-Merriam.
• Approved 7-1 a revision to the policy statement concerning alcohol/drug free graduation activity funding. Distler voted in opposition.
• Ratified semi-monthly claims totaling $1,792,392.