By GREG SCELLIN
Thanks to lots of committee work, some give-and-take with a general contractor and added monetary commitments by the City of Geneva and the Geneva Rural Fire District, a new fire barn will become a reality in the Fillmore County Seat. The Geneva City Council approved a Contractor Notice to Proceed to Lacey Construction of Wahoo to build the new station at the council’s regularly-scheduled meeting on Tuesday (because of the Labor Day holiday), September 3. The fire station will be located just off State Highway 41 and just across the street of the Fillmore County Shop location.
The negotiated price for the new fire barn is $1.734 million—$220,959 less than Lacey’s original bid. The city council opted to reject all initial bids for the project after all bids came in considerably more than the engineer’s opinion of cost. A committee worked with the four original low bidders to trim prices through value-engineering negotiations and dropping a few minor details.
When totally complete, the city will cover $1.181 million of the project and the rural fire district will pay $885,000 of the projected total cost of $2.066 million. This cost includes land acquisition and clean-up, JEO Consulting design services and construction administration, water line construction and building costs.
“It ended up a little bit heavier on the city side,” Councilman Chuck Udell said. “It’s time to move on and get this thing built.”
Meyer told the city council he expects the general contractor to be able to set the foundations for the building this fall and work on the fire station over the winter. A spring completion is expected. The city council’s vote on Tuesday was necessary for Lacey Construction to order the metal building.
Other September 3 meeting notes included:
• During his report, Geneva City Administrator Kyle Svec said he expects VanKirk Bros. Construction workers to start on G Street after they complete sewer line work on 19th Street. Workers with the Sutton company were in Geneva last Monday working on the new sewer line extension.