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The Sedalia City Council approved several construction bids for the new Sedalia Fire Department station during its meeting on Monday.

Nearly a year ago, Fire Chief Mike Ditzfeld approached council about the need for a new station to replace Station No. 2 on West 16th Street and council approved the $3.7 million expenditure in March. The new building will have a hose tower and special parking lot that can be also be used for training purposes, more office space and sleeping quarters and four drive-through bays for fire trucks, including room for the department’s new 100-foot ladder truck.

“The bids came in last month and they were over budget, so we sat down with city and fire department personnel to discuss where we could cut back,” said Septagon Project Manager Dennis Paul. “The changes are minimal; we changed the metal roof to a shingled one, some changes in flooring, eliminated some redundant heat systems and lighting and changed some of the doors.”

Paul noted the city currently has approximately $77,000 in a contingency fund for the station.

“We’re going to continue to look at little things we can trim,” he said. “We’d like to get that fund up to $80,000 or $90,000 because we know there are always unforeseen expenses that come up in a project like this.”

Council approved bids for:

• Westport Construction Company, general construction; $2.015 million.

• Robert A. Treuner Masonry Co., masonry projects; $398,802.

• Ace Pro Contracting, electrical; $278,500.

• Associated Door Company, which will build and install eight sectional overhead doors; $59,686.

• Home Heating & Air Conditioning Co.; $54,616

• Ozark Fire Protection, to install a full sprinkler system for code compliance; $32,068

• S&T Landscaping and Irrigation; $18,825

All bids were approved with the contingency the city would use bond money to pay for the project. The city’s bond financing is expected to be finished by December and Ditzfeld estimated officials could break ground at the new station by mid-December.

Council also:

• Approved a temporary construction easement at a property adjacent to 2600 W. 16th St. while Fire Station No. 2 is under construction. The property owner has donated the easement to provide parking for city employees and construction crews while work is ongoing.

• Approved a bid to Warrensburg-based Parsons Electronics for 40 mobile radios and one base to be used in the street, sanitation and water pollution control departments; $20,845.

• Approved a bid for Strafford-based Truck Component Services for 12 10-yard rolling recycling containers to be used at the recycling center. The city was awarded a $30,000 grant for the containers in August and will match $12,000 in funds.

• Approved a quote from Foley Equipment Company for repair to sanitation truck No. 216; $5,784.49

• Approved an agreement between the city and Septagon Construction Company for repairs to the roof at the Water Pollution Control building at 201 S. Marvin Ave.; $87,286.81

• Approved an ordinance with Olsson Associates to provide start-up and training services for the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system at the Central and Southeast Wastewater Treatment plants; $139,608.

• Approved an ordinance calling for a general election to be held April 2 to elect one councilman from each of the four wards.

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