MARYVILLE, Missouri – The City of Maryville is set to hire a contractor for the first phase of the South Main Corridor Improvement Project, and construction could begin as early as mid-September.
Bids for the construction of the first phase of the infrastructure overhaul were expected on August 12, and the city received three bids, City Manager Greg McDanel said at Monday’s city council meeting:
- VF Anderson builders: $ 10,697,854
- Amino Brothers Co.: $ 12,075,119
- Construction Kissick: $ 12,352,616
- Lexeco: $ 13,457,224
Engineering firm SK Design Group estimated the cost at just over $ 11.4 million.
McDanel said SK Design is reviewing the bid documents from apparently low bidder VF Anderson, based in Harrisonville, Missouri, but is expected to recommend accepting the offer.
The next step in the process is the approval of the Federal Highway Administration and MoDOT, who must approve what will technically be a change to the 2018 BUILD grant from the city, which will provide $ 10.48 million in federal funding for the effort. McDanel said the FHWA hopes to speed up approval of the amendment this week.
After regulatory approval, contracts could take 10 to 14 days to finalize, McDanel estimated.
“I hope we can be under construction by mid-September,” he said.
The project was divided into two phases in April, after the initial offers for the project arrived in a a few million dollars more than expected and left an insurmountable financial deficit. The first phase will extend from the intersection of South Avenue in the south to the intersection of State Route V, and the second phase will encompass the remaining part of the project from the intersection of State Route V to the US Highway 71.
The first phase is expected to take around 12 to 15 months, McDanel said. At any time during this period, phase two could begin construction simultaneously, if a source of funding is secured. City officials applied for and expressed interest in several programs that could fund phase two, including a request for $ 5.6 million from the federal RAISE program, the successor to the BUILD program of the Ministry of Transport which was initially to finance the major part of the project.
Overall, the project will aim to significantly improve traffic and safety along the busy trade corridor along the South Main, including realigning turn lanes and entrances, adding bicycle and pedestrian lanes, improving utility and sewer infrastructure and adding several aesthetic elements.
City Council also approved the new municipal tax levy rate for fiscal year 2022, for a total of $ 1,187 per $ 100 of valuation assessed.
That’s a drop of about five cents from last year due to the rise in the reported valuation of property within city limits over the past year.
The overall rate includes four separate tax levies that fund different areas: the General Fund, Maryville Public Library, Maryville Parks and Recreation, and Debt Repayment Fund.
The levy is determined by an annual formula issued by the Missouri State Auditor’s office.
- The council approved an amendment to the city’s agreement with Evergy to move overhead power lines underground as part of the Southern Main Corridor Improvement Project, narrowing the scope of the agreement to align it with the first phase of the project. As a result, the cost of the cooperation agreement to the city was reduced to about $ 1.13 million, from more than $ 1.66 million.
- Council members voted in favor of rezoning the property at 214 Volunteer Avenue as an R-4 multi-family building from M-1 light industry. The property should become Southview Phase III Apartments: two 16-plex buildings that the developer intends to finance in part through the Missouri Housing Development Commission’s low-income housing tax credit program. The zoning change will make this application process easier, McDanel said.
- The city is expected to receive $ 2.3 million from the US bailout, McDanel said. The first half of the funds have been received and the board will discuss options as to how they will be spent at the next meeting on September 13.
- The city has opened offers for the removal of trees near a runway at the Northwestern Missouri Regional Airport. The trees were reported during a recent safety inspection by the MoDOT, McDanel said. The city will use the remaining funds from two separate grants awarded in 2018 and 2019, leaving a 10 percent match for the city.
- Council members approved a request from the Maryville Public Art Advisory Committee to close Main Street from Second to Fifth, and Third and Fourth Streets from Market to Buchanan from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 23 for the fifth annual event Art, Rhythm and Brews. The event itself will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. that day.
- The council approved the following appointments to municipal councils:
- Scott Kuhlemeyer on the Maryville Public Library Board of Trustees, occupying the post vacated by former board member Lily White, who recently resigned. Kuhlemeyer’s term will expire on June 1, 2023.
- Billie Mackey on the Board of Zoning Adjustment, filling the post left vacant by John Archer, who recently resigned. Mackey’s term is due to expire on June 1, 2023. Two alternate positions remain vacant on the board of directors.
- Brian Schmitz and Bill Ingles were re-appointed to the Code Appeal Board, and Billie Mackey was appointed alternate member. Their terms of office expire on July 1, 2024. An alternate position remains vacant on the board of directors.
- Bryan Nigh on the Maryville Public Art Advisory Committee, filling the post left vacant by MacKenzie Magwire. Nigh will serve a three-year term.
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