Archive for Thursday, May 17, 2001

City hits bump in Winchester Road project

May 17, 2001

Winchester Road may have a ways to go before its dusty, gravel surface is covered with asphalt.

At the Eudora City council meeting Monday, city engineer Matt Taylor released information on bids submitted by two area contractors. The first bid of $799,996.28 was submitted by Blacktop Paving, Eudora. A second bid submitted by Hall and Corporation of Johnson County was $909,961.21. Last year's estimate for the road, submitted by Professional Engineering Consultants, Topeka, was $642,199.50.

After meeting with Douglas County Engineer Keith Browning, Taylor said one option was to put off the development until prices were lowered. Taylor investigated why prices were higher and found that many contractors currently don't need the work or don't have the manpower.

"The bids came in higher than expected and higher than what was budgeted," Taylor said. "The general intent and the opinion of the county engineer was we may be better off to wait until late summer or early fall and rebid the project."

Taylor said the council should remain in contact with the county to see if it is committed to helping fund the project. The Douglas County Commission is currently reviewing its budget process for 2002.

The council agreed to send Mayor Ron Conner as a liaison between the city and the county. Conner's duty will be to help ensure the county transfers the money into next year's budget.

Taylor said the project should be finished in late fall, but it wouldn't be completed before the beginning of the school year as previously anticipated.

Conner has also been busy working on the appointment of new city officials. Two planning commission members' terms expired this year, Chairman Kurt von Achen and commission member Tonya Summers. Summers was replaced by Richard Campbell. Duane Smith and Bob Slapor were appointed to the board of appeals, with Slapor replacing Sharon Burns. Wayne Dennis replaced J.D. Schehrer on the recreation commission earlier this year after Schehrer resigned his position. Council member Rex Burkhardt was appointed as new council liaison to the recreation commission.

Conner also replaced municipal judge Deloris Jerome with Randy McCalla. McCalla works with a Johnson County law firm, Speer, Holliday and Veatch.

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