Concordia Talks Technology, Tourism, and Trail Project

| February 5, 2013
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The Concordia Board of Aldermen agreed Monday evening to enter into a contract with K.T.I. Technologies, headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas, for soil and concrete testing on the Trail of Memories project west of Central Park.  Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk with City Administrator Dale Klussman:

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According to Klussman, K.T.I. Technologies would be responsible for providing testing facilities, as required by the Missouri Department of Transportation.  “We chose [them] for the work that was covered under the base bid plus the contract portions known as alternate one and alternate two (editor’s note: in it’s proposal, DSM Contracting quoted a base bid of $224, 420 and two alternates: $238,347.10 and $251,454).  The testing of the ground, soil, and concrete is estimated to cost about $7,400.  [The board] approved K.T.I. Technologies contingent upon them meeting the requirements of MoDOT,” Klussman said.

Construction on the Trail of Memories began in January.  It is scheduled to be completed by the end of May, early June.  Klussman will next take K.T.I. Technologies’ contract to MoDOT for approval.  Once the transportation department gives the green light, the city will proceed with the project.

The type of work being done at the site includes installation of a five-foot wide, four-inch thick trail with landscaping, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant sidewalks and ramps, as well as improvements to storm sewer drainage and water mitigation.

Funds for the project are provided through a program in which the federal government releases the funds to the Missouri Department of Transportation, who will then reimburse the city after the project has been completed.  The city’s actual cost for the entire project will be a little more than $23,000.

In other news, the board of alderman agreed to accept several recommendations made by the city’s Tourism Department.  “The lease on a billboard sign on I-70, east of Emma, expires at the end of this month and it was the board’s desire to not to renew.”  The change is expected to save the city about $450 per month.

A contract with Alma telephone was also cancelled during Monday night’s meeting.  The telecommunications company had been in charge of one of the city’s two websites.  Klussman said the board decided to drop their service with Alma Telephone, and instead continue sharing a website with the Concordia Chamber of Commerce.

Two budget items also made the list of accomplishments for the board on Monday.  The board agreed to increase city funding for the Concordia Farmer’s Market.  The city will allocate $1,000 more to the annual program.  The Tourism Department also recommended that the city increase the budget for the “Run for the Wall” motorcycle event held each spring.  The board agreed with the suggestions and decided to put at least $400 toward the event.

Finally, the board discussed funding options (FUND 04) for sidewalk and street improvements.  No action was taken, and Klussman told the board that more data would need to be collected before any decisions could be made.

The Concordia Board of Alderman meet again on Feb. 18.

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