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JEO will design new fire station

By GREG SCELLIN
Signal Editor

The Geneva City Council worked through a light agenda at the council's first regular-scheduled meeting of 2019.
Items appearing on the January 7 meeting agenda included:
• Geneva Mayor Eric Kamler presented a revised contract from city attorney services.  He said it was reviewed by attorney Christin Lovegrove of Geneva and there were no major changes.  New Geneva City Attorney David Solheim said he felt it was a good idea to have Lovegrove look it over.
• Matt Frey was awarded the Grass Clippings Bid for a yearly fee of $5,000.  Last year's bid was $4,500.  Frey was the lone bidder.  City Council President Josh Turner provided some suggestions for improvements at the location.
• JEO Architecture, Inc., (JEO Consulting Group, Inc.) provided an architect services agreement to work with the city and  the Geneva Rural Board on the Geneva Fire Station project. A Scope of Services handout indicates that JEO will be paid a lump-sum fee of $121,500 for work on the fire station project.
Geneva City Council Fire-Water-Sewer Committee chairman Chuck Udell said his committee met with three Geneva Rural Fire Board members, Solheim and Geneva Fire Chief Mike Grothe recently about the project.  He said, the committee felt the design-bid-build process looked best.  A total of $1.5 million for the project was discussed.  Solheim noted the rural fire board was firm on its $750,000 contribution to the project.
"I'm just excited to have another entity sharing this cost with us," Turner said.
Udell also noted the committee felt comfortable with the city assuming ownership of the new fire station.
Geneva City Administrator Kyle Svec told the city council it's time to get moving on the project.  He said signing the architectural services agreement with JEO is a good start.
"I could this breaking ground in April if things keep moving along," Svec said.  He also noted that the project should take nine months to complete.
• During his City Administrator's Report, Svec noted that long-time city worker Jim Quick will be moving to part-time.  Svec also said during his report, that he feels Workforce Housing Grant funds could become available soon for the city.
• Solheim was seated alongside the city council, Kamler, Svec and City Clerk/Treasurer Kelly Stroh-Heath in the front of the council chambers in the spot once occupied by former Geneva City Attorney Joe Bixby.