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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • City's bridge expenses reduced

  • It looks like the city of Leavenworth won't have to pay as much for a bridge project as previously would have been required under an agreement with the state.
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    • In other business
      When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners took the following action:

      They approved a bid from S&S Plumbing & Heating in the amount of $13,474 for the repa...
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      In other business
      When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners took the following action:
      They approved a bid from S&S Plumbing & Heating in the amount of $13,474 for the repair and replacement of a waste stack at Planters II.
      They approved a memorandum of understanding between the Leavenworth Fire Department and the Kansas City Kansas Community College regarding the availability of Fire Department personnel and equipment.
      They reached a consensus to advance an ordinance to rezone property at Second and Santa Fe streets for a future vote.
      They reached a consensus to advance an ordinance to make changes to a list of city fees for a future vote.
      They approved a one-year extension for the construction of required public improvements for the Destin Estates Subdivision.
      They granted a waiver for a sidewalk requirement for a State Street subdivision.
      They approved a massage establishment license for House of Hair, 620 Cherokee St.
  • It looks like the city of Leavenworth won't have to pay as much for a bridge project as previously would have been required under an agreement with the state.
    Public Works Director Mike McDonald said the city's share for the construction work at Second Avenue and Limit Street has been reduced from $955,000 to $794,000.
    The project will include the construction of a new bridge over Five-Mile Creek, replacing one that was built in the 1960s, as well as other improvements at the intersection. COnstruction could begin early next year.
    The issue was discussed Tuesday during a meeting of the Leavenworth City Commission.
    The grading and construction bid awarded for the project totals $2.7 million but the city is paying for only a portion of the money as matching funds with the bulk of the funding being provided through the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Mid-America Regional Council.
    McDonald said the city's share has been reduced after a reevaluation of the funding structure. He said there previously was a misinterpretation regarding how much federal money agencies could put into the project with caps being put in place in an earlier agreement.
    He said KDOT researched the issue and determined the caps were not required.
    "They're the ones that identified it," McDonald said.
    During Tuesday's meeting, commissioners approved a supplement to the 2012 agreement with KDOT. According to McDonald, the supplement includes changes related to federal fund allocations which reduce the "out of pocket" expense of the project for the city.
    The city's share still will be more than the one-time estimate of $560,000, but this is because of the additional expense of needed sewer line work. The sewer line work has to be funded entirely by the city government, according to city Finance Director Dan Williamson.
    Commissioners also approved a resolution committing city funds to the project and allowing a contract to be awarded for the work.
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