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FAIRMONT – Fairmont City Council discussed the future of the new public works facility at Monday night’s meeting. However, the discussion did not end with a motion to continue or not to go along with the project.
John Pristash, AP LEED. Senior Project Manager at Kraus-Anderson, presented a presentation that included three different projects, two estimated to cost $ 5 million for a stand-alone Margaret Street building project and an addition of $ 5 million to the execution department. The board did not go any further with these options and took a different path.
The itinerary returned to the agenda of the previous meeting. At the last city council meeting, the motion to award bids for the new public works facility failed. The same motion was presented to the board again and failed 2-3. Bids can be decided again at the next council meeting and must be awarded if council wishes to continue this particular process with the new public works facility.
The advice was presented in their files with questions and answers regarding the new public works facility. These questions and answers consisted of why a new facility was needed when the original building was constructed, and what OSHA and the feasibility studies said about the current facility.
However, the city council is divided on whether or not to continue the process of building a new public works facility estimated to cost $ 10 million. Council member Bruce Peters believes that if the project is to continue, it must be done the right way and built to last. Peters also said that if the council continues to delay, it could cost taxpayers more in the long run for the new public works facility.
“The government sucks, but here we are and there are just a few realities here that people don’t understand”, Peters said. “I can justify it. I say yes it’s a lot of money, but we need it and the reality is you’re not going to build it cheaper unless you build a piece of crap that won’t serve the function.
Council member Randy Lubenow was one of three members to vote against the award of bids. However, Lubenow got the idea that all members visit the current facilities to understand what needs to be done and what the current facilities look like. The board decided that if a member wanted to tour, they would do it individually and not as a group.
In another action, the city council:
– Approved the review of resolution 2021-25 establishing policies and procedures for the administration of loans for the City of Fairmont 2020 Comprehensive Reclamation Loan Program.
– Authorized the bid for the 2021 water park capital projects to Horizon Commercial Pool Supply for approximately $ 1.6 million.
– Award of Sealcoat 2021-C projects to Asphalt Preservation Company, Inc. for $ 100,008.60.
The next Fairmont City Council meeting will be on Monday, March 22 at 5:30 p.m.