Archive for Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Council approves Shawnee Town Museum, Johnson Drive projects

August 10, 2010

The Shawnee City Council has given its approval for two high-visibility city projects to move forward.

The Council on Monday approved an agreement for the final design and construction services for creation of the farmstead at Shawnee Town museum. Also approved were the final plans for a roundabout at Johnson Drive and Roberts Street.

The Council previously had awarded a design-build contract to the Konrath Group, which completed preliminary design for the changes at the museum.

The creation of the farmstead at the former East Pool site will include relocation of the Bender Barn, Smokehouse and Hart Home, which will be expanded to its original size, as well as the creation of a market shed, tool shed, garage, chicken coop, outhouse and root cellar. Including landscaping and electrical work, the cost for the farmstead was estimated at $777,841.

The Konrath Group also estimated costs for improvements to the “town” area, which will include the creation of Dr. Sullivan’s House, Yotz Typewriter Repair, and an Ice House, in addition to Bousman’s Barbershop and the Jail, at $827,992.

Funding for the improvements will come from a grant given to the museum by the Deffenbaugh Foundation. The city will contribute funds that can only be used for parks and recreation projects. However, only a portion of the work can be funded in the 2010 city budget, so the Council approved splitting the work into phases, with site work and the relocation of the Hart Home, Bender Barn and Smokehouse included in the first phase at a maximum cost of $469,417.

The cost does not include the interior finish of the Hart Home, work that staff hopes to complete in-house and with the help of the Friends of Shawnee Town. The market shed, estimated at $156,915, will be included as an alternate item to complete if funds are available.

Phases for future improvements will be redefined based on available funds. The city’s 2011 budget includes $94,000 for the Shawnee Town plans.

Gay Clemenson, museum director, said construction would start around Oct. 1.

“It’s an exciting time for Shawnee Town,” she said. “It’s a process and it’ll be interesting to see, and it will be very visible. And we’re fortunate that it’s in an area that won’t impact the regular activities we have. It’s been a long time coming.”

The Council also approved final plans for a roundabout at Johnson Drive and Roberts Street. The city had decided a roundabout would be necessary to control traffic at the intersection because it is so close to the roundabout being constructed with the interchange at Johnson Drive and Kansas Highway 7.

With final plans approved, the city will seek construction bids for the roundabout. Construction will take place while the interchange to the west is still being completed. City staff members have previously indicated the roundabout would be constructed in such a manner that traffic would be able to move through the area to access businesses to the north and south of Johnson Drive.

Officials estimate the cost of the roundabout’s construction at $835,000, with $455,000 funded through Johnson County. Paul Lindstrom, city project engineer, said a contractor would be selected later this month with the intent that construction could begin Aug. 30 and be complete by mid-November.

In other business Monday, the Council:

• Approved a resolution directing and authorizing improvements for the K-7 interchange and declaring the intent to issue general obligation bonds for an estimated cost of $475,893.

• Approved an agreement with the Mid-America Regional Council for the Sustainable Communities Grant program.

• Approved a contract with Scodeller Construction, Wixom, Mich., for $158,542 for the 2010 crack seal program.

• Approved cancellation of a public hearing and terminated the condemnation proceedings in regard to the Bittersweet Estates subdivision bridge.

• Approved a change order and final contract amount for 57th and Barton street project.

• Approved a charter ordinance revising requirements for naming the official legal publications for the city.

• Approved 7-1 an ordinance regulating alcohol on public property owned by the county. Council member David Morris voted in opposition, saying he would like more information on the county’s requirements for allowing alcohol.

• Approved cereal malt beverage licenses for Pizza West, 5436 Roberts St., and Char House Restaurant, 12200 Johnson Drive.

• Approved withdrawal of a special-use permit issued to Royalty Childcare, 7300 Nieman.

• Approved a special-use permit for Residential Solutions, 12684 Shawnee Mission Parkway, to allow an adult daycare facility.

• Ratified semimonthly claims totaling $3,032,957.

• Announced that Council members Jim Neighbor, Mickey Sandifer, Neal Sawyer and Jeff Vaught intend to attend the November National League of Cities Conference in Denver.

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