SIKESTON -- The name is new but the city's street program is the same as it ever was.
During their regular meeting Monday, Sikeston City Council members awarded bids for the 2007 Street Improvement and Drainage Program to Fronabarger Concreters of Oak Ridge and Asa Asphalt Inc. of Advance as recommended by Lambert Engineering and Surveying and Waters Engineering Inc., the two engineering firms for the program.
The total cost comes to $520,419 which is $17,341 under the amount budgeted, according to Steve Lee, street superintendent.
A total of $231,057.40 of the work will go to Fronabarger. Asa Asphalt will do their portion of the program for $228,657.
Design and inspection fees totaling $27,600 will go to Lambert and $33,105 to Waters.
Lee said Waters' fees are actually only $22,760 as $10,345 is contingency money "for unforeseen work that may be done."
While this is the first year the program has been called the "Street Improvement and Drainage Program" instead of just the "Street Improvement Program," nothing has really changed, according to Lee.
"Every time we can address a drainage problem when we reconstruct a street, we do so," he said. "It's always been that way -- it just needs to be titled as such."
Lee estimated 25 percent of each year's street program funding goes toward drainage improvements.
In other business Monday:
* The contract for asbestos removal at the Scott-Huff building, located at 119 and 127 East Malone, was awarded to the low bidder, Schemel-Tarrillion, for $47,477.
Six state licensed and registered asbestos contractors were notified by mail of the project, four companies toured the building and two bids were received, according to Trey Hardy, community redevelopment coordinator.
The second bid, from MidWest Asbestos Abatement, was rejected due to no insurance certificate included and a failure to notarize the non-kickback/
non-collusion paperwork, Hardy explained.
Council members also awarded the contract for the demolition of the building to AC James, the low bidder having offered to do the job for $37,780.
Also bidding on the project were Ferrell Excavating at $79,977; and the Kevin Williams Excavating's bid that was rejected as a copy of an insurance sheet was not included.
Hardy noted that Schemel-Tarrillion and AC James are the same companies that also did the asbestos removal and demolition respectively for the old First Baptist Church on Kingshighway.
As each company has 45 days to complete their portion of the project, officials are hoping it will be all completed by July 4, Hardy said.
* The purchase and installation of 310 assorted trees for the Sikeston Business, Education and Technology Park for $18,871 from Causey Lawn Service, the low bidder, was approved by council members.
Also bidding were: Bizzell, $25,003; Garden Lane, $23,966.72; Bolen Brothers, $21,155; and Lawn Design, $25,847.50.
The trees are for a screen along Highway ZZ around the basins, according to Lee, and are required by an agreement with the Huff family which owns the adjacent land.
* Council members approved a resolution authorization for the city to be the pass-through agency for a $750,000 loan through the Missouri Department of Economic Development's Community Development Block Grant program.
If approved, the loan would be extended to an industry to assist in its locating in Sikeston.
Council also approved the adoption of the Missouri Department of Economic Development Action Loan Fund Residential Antidisplacement and Relocation Plan, a prerequisite for the loan application.
The CDBG loan includes a requirement that it be paid off within 18 to 24 months, according to Ed Dust, director of Sikeston's Department of Economic Development.
* A bill rezoning 121 Fifth St. from R-2 to C-3 as requested by David and Karen Bizzell was approved.
The rezoning was requested so the Bizzells can expand their nursery business there.
* Council members rejected all bids for replacement of the city's e-mail server as recommended by city staff.
Bids will be resolicited after specifications are rewritten.