At the Montevideo City Council meeting on Monday, Aug. 5, the city council discussed updates to the city hall heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, and to the new fire hall project.
Having waited for the end of a 30-day waiting period, the council agreed to draft an agreement with Duffy Engineering for design and project management for the city hall HVAC project.
Duffy Engineering will be responsible for designing the HVAC updates (price quoted at $12,500), and for managing the construction work (quoted at $5,000).
“Until the budget is completed we will not know for sure, but it appears it is likely we will be able to fund this through existing funds in the Capitol Improvement Plan (savings), and if needed, some budgeting in 2014,” read comments from city staff to the council.
The council also considered the next step necessary to continue with the new fire hall project. An agreement with Cities Edge, LLC, for architectural and design work associated with the project.
The cost of the work was listed at $109,000, which accounts for around 5.5 percent of the estimated cost of the entire project. The cost will eventually be covered by capital improvement bonds, but city staff said the city will need to carry the cost until debt is issued next year.
The city is currently looking at acquiring a plot of land across the street from the hospital on Eleventh Street for the new fire hall, but no agreement has been finalized.
The proposed fire hall plan is estimated to increase the tax levy by 9.55 percent for one year. The final decision to move forward with the entire project is likely to come in September.
In other business, the city council considered five project recommendations by the park board.
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