A special meeting was called for Thursday to vote on the permit to allow the Leavenworth County Fair parade and to discuss options to put the swimming pool up for bid.
Attending Thursday's special meeting were council members Paula Crook, Jim Truesdell, Jason Ward and Tom Putthoff. City Administrator Mike Yanez was also present.
Yanez presented three options for placing pool bids to the council members present at the meeting. Each option would have to include using one of three pre-qualified pool installers: Associated Pool Builders, Bismarck, N.D.; KC Gunite; Belton, Mo.; or Continental Pools, Inc, Gardner.
"Bohl, Palmer and Sullivan (the project's design firm) were very adamant about using one of those three because of their years of experience and expertise in piping, deck work, installation of stainless steel gutters and especially in dry-gunned gunite application," Yanez said. "Not everybody can do that. They also know the history of these firms and realize they have a quality reputation serving their clients well."
The three options included: placing one bid for a general contractor who would be in charge of both the demolition and construction of the pool; two separate contracts, one for demolition and another for the general contract work to construct the pool; allowing the pool installers to submit their own bids and then present those bids to general contractors who would use those numbers to adjust their bids.
The council discussed the pros and cons of each bid option and decided that working with one general contractor could avoid construction delays. The council also discussed adding language in the bid documents that would allow them to throw out any bids from contractors that the council feels does not have enough experience in constructing a pool.
Leavenworth County Fair
With only six days left to spare, the permits to hold this year's parade for the Leavenworth County Fair passed unanimously during a special city council meeting Thursday.
The Leavenworth County Fair Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. today.