The Maryville City Council awarded a $3,779,000 contract to EL Crawford Construction, St. Joseph, during the June 10 regular meeting of the council for the building of the public safety project within a 360-day construction period.
There were seven bidders ranging from $3.7 to $4.5 million. Williams Spurgeon Kuhl & Freshnock Architects, Kansas City, reviewed all bids. The architects narrowed the field to two, Crawford and Lawhon Construction, St. Joseph. Maryville has recent construction experience with Crawford with the Mozingo Conference Center.
Three alternate bids will allow the total bid from EL Crawford not to exceed $3,886,500. Subcontractors Crawford identified were Holtman Masonry, Maryville Glass & Lock, DS Painting, Loch Sand & Construction, Sutherlands, Bearcat Lumber, Fastenal, Northwest Equipment Rental, American Electric, Nodaway Contracting, Northwest Audio Visual, Reeves Wideman and Nodaway Contracting.
The city’s public works crews will begin dirt work soon at the site, which is 222 East Third. The conference center project also included a similar transition from the in-house dirt work to set contractor responsibilities.
Prior to open session, two public hearings were held.
The property owners of 1315 West 16th Street requested a zoning confirmation of R-4, allowing for a multi-family residence zone. Kailey and Jonathan Black sold the lot to Pete Walters with the understanding the property would be allowed to become an R-4 zone as it is adjacent to a .74 acre plot of that zone, which Walters owns. This would allow Walters to add one duplex and two three-plex townhomes to the space. Later in the open session, the council approved the zoning.
The second public hearing addressed proposed amendments to the municipal code regarding the 2018 New International Building Codes. The council agreed to amend the code with nine ordinances. Code Enforcement Officer Jim Wiederholt noted this update had the least amount of changes he had witnessed with the last five updates.
While updates contain numerous changes to various sections of the municipal code, the following is a brief review of notable amendments:
• Wind speed requirement maps have been updated. New construction must meet wind speed requirements of 115 mph instead of 90 mph.
• All new homes would be required to use construction techniques to resist radon gas entry and prepare the building for post-construction radon mitigation. Radon is a tasteless odorless gas and the second most frequent cause of lung cancer.
• The proposed code recognizes and provides standards for “tiny homes.”
• The 2017 National Electrical Code speaks to how arc fault circuit protection has expanded and is now also required in kitchens and laundry rooms. Arc-fault circuit interrupters protect electrical wiring from accidental fires.
• Adopted only by reference in the Building Code in 2012, the proposed amendment adopts the code in its entirety as Chapter 526. The Existing Building Code provides owners flexibility and options for modification of existing buildings which should assist with downtown revitalization efforts.
• Under the category of discussion, the council readdressed the short-term rental ordinance regulation noting the difference of rental definitions. The final ordinance will be brought to the July 8 city council meeting for approval.
• The annual report of Maryville Parks and Recreation, as per city ordinance, was given. Jeff Stubblefield, MPR director, reported the financial position, attendance data and condition of 10 parks, community center, aquatic center, amphitheater, skate park, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, shelters, playgrounds and multiple fields for baseball, softball, soccer and football. He told that attendance is up by 2,209 people which is 3.4 percent over last year. Eighty-three percent of the attendees have regular memberships. However, participation in organized programs is down.
• City Manager Greg McDanel spoke of new city ordinances for the future concerning the state-approved medical marijuana amendment.
• Assistant City Manager Ryan Heiland told of several Northwest Upward Bound students working a maintenance project at Mozingo, the extreme cowboy competition in September, Northwest’s family weekend activities at Mozingo, a $2,500 grant for additional youth golf equipment through SNAG, July 4th annual fireworks event being stretched into several activities through the weekend and the Secrest 18 being selected number two in the state from golfers giving the course a 99.6 percent recommendation.
• Councilman Matt Johnson encouraged all to attend a retirement reception for Sheila Smail on June 12 and gave a thank you to the community for giving of their time during the Vigilante Guard exercise as role players.
• Councilman Ben Lipiec said thanks to the law enforcement for their diligence with the recent episode involving the pressure cooker.