The Maryville City Council approved a $156,417 change order for the Mozingo Lake Recreation Park Conference Center during its regular meeting March 27.

Last fall, in order to stay on-budget city staff removed several value-engineering items from the project.

The change order adds the construction of several items back to the project at reduced cost.

Extending the poured concrete retaining wall was quoted at $85,742.66. The structure will be built from modular concrete blocks instead for $13,380 which saves $72,362.66. Once the wall is finished, the upper wood deck can be extended to wrap around the building allowing for level walkway access to the hotel as well as covered golf cart storage below. The original deck design was quoted at $99,122.66. With the wall changes, the deck now cost $33,409 which saves $65,713.66.

Other items being added back include concrete curbs, siding, wiring and changing the upper parking lot from asphalt to concrete to match the hotel parking lot.

These projects will be covered by taking $50,000 from Mozingo’s marketing fund and by the $50,662 of savings accrued by terminating the architect contract early, the $8,000 in savings from the lawnmower purchase and the $44,512 saved by delaying the hiring of event coordinators. Due to community donations of riprap, staff will pull the $30,000 from the Mozingo fund slated for riprap and will apply it toward the change order items, leaving the remaining $75,000 from the city’s budget for the Mozingo riprap project.

The conference center’s policies and rental rates were approved by the council. Staff will begin accepting reservations on April 3 for events occurring after January 1, 2018.

The council approved as a one-year trial resolution changing the name of Mozingo’s youth camp to group camp beginning April 1, 2018, and ending April 1, 2019. New policies for the camp were also adopted with the bump policy being removed. Youth groups will be given a 25-percent discount on the rental price. Staff plans to market the camp with the new name in hopes of increasing the usage of the facility. Currently, the cabins are utilized at a 14 to 16 percent occupancy rate.

A change order was approved for the $126,110 sewer main replacement project including the construction of sewer main extensions at Eleventh and Mulberry Streets as well as North Avenue and Dewey Street.

Due to on-going conversations with property owners, a third problematic area at Fifth Street and Mulberry was not included in the original contract. It has now been approved to install a grinder pump at private residences and upgrade the line to impact five additional properties for $29,400.

City staff stated that while private lines are not the responsibility of the city, the condition of those lines, sewer backup and storm water that runs from those private lines into the city’s lines impact the city’s system.

The new $155,510 total is $14,490 less than the $170,000 originally budgeted for all three sewer main replacements.

The Arts, Rhythm and Brews festival was also approved for 7 pm, Friday, May 19. The new downtown sculpture pieces will be revealed and there will be craft beers, alcohol and appetizers offered. In order to drink the alcohol, individuals must purchase tickets which are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Tickets are available at Hy-Vee or at

The council approved the Pick-up Country, KNIM Country Showdown Event which will be at 7 pm, Saturday, June 10. The top 12 contestants will compete in the finals during the Nodaway County Fair in July. It was also approved to close the 300 block of North Market Street from 5 to 10 pm.

The city council approved three individuals for a three-year contract to harvest 146 acres of hay at Mozingo Lake Recreation Park. Robert Waldeier will harvest eight plots for a total of $4,800 a year; Cody Blackford will harvest one track for $827.60 a year and Mark Carlson Farms will harvest five plots for $2,214 a year.