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  • Girard council approves slight hike in mill levy

  • Girard City Council members gave final approval to the 2013 budget as published during their regular Monday meeting.



    “The proposed mill levy is 49.875,” said Girard mayor Maurice Harley. “It was 48.945. This is a very slight increase, probably due to property tax evaluations going down.”

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  • Girard City Council members gave final approval to the 2013 budget as published during their regular Monday meeting.
    “The proposed mill levy is 49.875,” said Girard mayor Maurice Harley. “It was 48.945. This is a very slight increase, probably due to property tax evaluations going down.”
    Rick Zingre of Zingre and Associates, PA, Fort Scott, presented proposed plans and specifications for the renovation of the Roye facility.
    Including in the building will be a large assembly area, Girard Area Chamber of Commerce office and storage room, a smaller community meeting room, a kitchen and two bathrooms.
    “There will be one wheelchair accessible stall in each restroom,” Zingre said. “The sidewalk in back will be removed and replaced with a wider walkway. I had originally planned swinging doors inside, but eliminated them because it will make the building more accessible and will also save about $500 per opening.”
    The storefront windows at the front of the building will remain, but will be re-caulked.
    “All the sheet rock and the insulation will be re-done, and it will probably be better insulated than it was before,” Zingre said.
    The small community meeting room and Chamber office will be carpeted, with the rest of the floors being covered in vinyl tile, except for the mechanical room, which will be concrete.
    “There is really a whole lot of fluff in the project,” Zingre said. “All that’s left to do is set up bidding, and I will upload the plans so prospective bidders can check them out. I’ll have a pre-bidding meeting and try to get people to come and look at the building with me.”
    The council also opened bids for a proposed administration building at the Girard Cemetery.
    The four bids received were: Tri-State Building, $65,890; Home Center Construction, $51,910; Forrest Building and Fabrication, base bid of $53,905 with some additional engineering pieces added to it; and Diebolt Lumber, $44,250.
    The mayor asked Gary Emry, city administrator, to take the bids under advisement and bring back a recommendation at the next council meeting.
    The council also approved the purchase of a John Deere gator for use at the cemetery at a cost of $11,600 from O’Malley Implement.
    Emry reported on a KLINK supplemental piece from Girard’s city limits and running south to Buffalo.
    KLINK projects provide funding to address roadway surfacing needs on city connecting links to the State Highway System.
    “KDOT’s responsibility is not to exceed $460,000, but that’s based on a preliminary engineering look by KDOT, and those figures will probably change,” Emry said.
    He said that the city will have to hire an engineer for the project, but had not yet done so.
    “KDOT used to that, this is a state highway,” said city attorney Richard Loffswold. “I don’t like it when somebody else picks the engineer. You don’t usually have any control on cost.”
    Page 2 of 2 - He also said that the language on the KDOT-city agreement needed to be clarified.
    “I don’t know how you can say in one line that you’re responsible for something, and a few lines later say you’re not responsible,” Loffswold said. “It makes no sense to me.”
    Emry said that he would go back to KDOT for clarification.
    In other business, the council:
    • Accepted a bid of $9,100 from J C L  & S  Contracting, Inc., to build a storage building for the Girard Public Library.
    • Accepted the resignation of Randy Bennett from representing the city on the Public Wholesale Water Supply District No. 11 Board and re-appointed Maurice Harley to this position.

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