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May 18, 2017 Featured - Community Center bids schedule to be let in June
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Sticker shock. That is how the estimated $5.817 million cost of the Kalona Community Center project was described by Kalona City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh during Monday’s city council meeting. He added that the price tag includes $560,000 in contingency funds that may not be used and could be returned to the city. The city originally began the project with a $5.1 million sticker price.

Schlabaugh said that the city is planning a continued fund drive for the community center and looking at applying for further grants, but they will not know what is needed until the bids are accepted this summer. Schlabaugh says it appears there is a good bidding climate.

Representatives of Carl A. Nelson and Company, the firm acting as construction manager, noted that they broke down the project into a number of separate bids so smaller and local contractors could take part.

The actual building construction is estimated at $5 million.

• Package 1 is site work and site utilities, earthwork and exterior improvements – $194,571.

• Package 2 is concrete site work – $51,972.

• Package 3 is structural concrete ¬ $263,420

• Package 4 is masonry – no cost given.

• Package 5 is structural steels and metal –$772,629.

• Package 6 is general construction that includes general trades general conditions, interior demolition, masonry, metals, thermal and moisture protection, openings, finishes,

specialties and equipment at $1,344,817.

• Package 7 is roofing and sheet metal that includes thermal and moisture protection – no cost given.

• Package 8 is fire suppression – $80,410.

• Package 9 is plumbing – $172,269.

• Project 10 is heating, ventilation and air conditioning – $387,456

• Project 11 is electrical – $402,051.

• Project 12 is the elevator – $98,502.

• Project 13 is gym demolition $96,376.

Total $4,266,131.

Contingency fees are for design, 3 percent; bid, 5 percent; and construction, 5 percent.

Additional costs are: architectural schematic design, $25,394; architect fee, $331,295; design reimbursable fee, $15,000; additional design fee, $91,000; geotechnical engineering, $3,500; construction material testing service, $20,000; and asbestos survey/ removal, $43,000; at a total cost of $529,189.

Administrative and legal costs that included bonding/ attorney fee and builders risk insurance totaled $10,000; fixed and movable equipment, $174,943; furniture, fixtures and equipment, $46,000; and telecommunications/technology systems that includes telephones, video surveillance, wireless network and computers and printers, $37,500.

Property purchase for parking lot was listed at $15,000. The construction manager fee on cost of work is $163,733 and preconstruction services at $15,000.

The council also amended a professional services agreement increase of $91,000 for a total amount of $422,295.

In other business, Deb Bellmer was given permission to hold another Breast Friend Angel Cancer Walk Sept. 9. She noted that some of the funds raised went to gas cards for cancer patients with 21 recipients getting $25 or $50 cards.

Schlabaugh gave his report to the council:

On Wednesday the 17th we received our municipal grant awards.

City Park, $20,000; Community Center, $75,000; Kalona Historical Village, $13,200; Celebration, $5,000; Seasonal Lighting, $2,000; and Landscaping, $5,000.

Enhance Iowa: We have got clarification from enhance Iowa on some of our leveraged funds and are scheduling a meeting for Wednesday the 31st. As of right now we are looking at utilizing the KCTC room at the Chamber of Commerce building.

Memorial Project: We continue to get positive response to the memorial project and are over the $55,000 mark. We have the ash tree removed and will begin removal after Memorial Day. The granite has been completed and will be delivered in early June. Pavers have been delivered to Dubuque and are awaiting sandblasting.

Safe Routes: Staking began today in anticipation of All American being in town on Tuesday / Wednesday to start the project.

Backhoe: The new backhoe will be built in Waterloo this Friday the 19th.

Employee Open House: We have scheduled an open house for Bob and Kenny on June 23rd from 3:00 – 5:00 at the KCTC room. We will have cookies and drinks for the public. We will have it in the newspapers in the upcoming weeks.

YMCA: Games have begun and we are at roughly 180 for numbers. So far the field scheduling has worked out well and we haven’t had any issues.

Full Time Employee: Next week we will run the ad for full time “general laborer.” Our goal is to interview in early June with a July 1 start date.

City Park: Thank you to Bulltown Baseball for taking time to help go through the park fields and clean up the concrete / dugouts / etc.

FEMA Community Rating System: We are going through the scoring process for our rating and hope to receive a score above 1,000 that would mean a 15 percent premium reduction. This is a huge undertaking and involves a lot of paperwork and some procedural changes on our end. We have from Enhance Iowa on some of our leveraged funds and 30 days to provide all of the documentation needed to FEMA in KC. Ben Curtis and I are working on the procedures and documentation needed. As we progress in the system with projects we are of the belief that we can get in the 20-25 percent category. (Currently only Iowa City / Coralville are at that level)

Community Center Equipment: All equipment has been gone through and is in great working order. The new equipment has been very well received.

Swimming Pool: We have met with the majority of our lifeguarding staff in anticipation of hosting elementary kids next week. Brenneman pork has offered to provide all the meat for the kids again this year.

Patching of roads: All road patching has been completed.

ERWMA: The City of Kalona was notified that they were selected to implement the planning / outreach portion of the HUD grant. This will be approved by the ERWMA board on May 18th and at Iowa County on the 19th. The award is for $100,000 to be expended over the next 18 months.

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