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Split vote approves library engineering contract; 2 oppose

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The Ellis County Press

FERRIS - A split vote didn’t stop the city council from approving the engineering contract for the new Ferris Public Library.

Steve Todd, a representative with the engineering firm Butcher, Willis and Ratliff Corporation, was on hand during the Monday, July 19 council meeting to discuss the extension of the company’s reimbursable expenses.

The cap would be additional funds not included in B.W.R’s original contract for travel reimbursements, teleconferences, fees paid securing approval of authorities having jurisdiction over the project, printing costs for documents, expense of overtime work and all presentation materials requested by the owner.

"[Eric] Strong will be able to have control on all this and it probably will not be anywhere near the $12,000 that is listed," said Todd.

The estimated total costs for the engineering has been predicted at around $600,000.

"They are asking for even more money," said Councilman Gary Ross.

According to the contract between the city and B.W.R. , the new library will occupy 6,000 square feet with an additional 1,200 square foot meeting room adjacent to the library portion of the building and share the same entrance, as well as toilet facilities.

The new building on 10th Street will be structured of pre-manufactured steel with metal roofing and siding.

Consideration is to be given to limited masonry on the exterior of the building.

A 3-2 vote with a motion by Councilman Billy Dunn passed the contract.

"I’m ready to get something started," said Dunn.

Councilwoman Carol Wright and Councilman Gary Ross opposed.

The rest of the evening was focused on the council’s work session for the upcoming fiscal budget year.

"I think this is a good bare bones budget for what we need to continue our day to day operations," said City Manager Eric Strong.

The only item not discussed was the Fire/EMS budget and will be discussed during an additional meeting next Monday, July 26 located in city hall at 6:30 p.m.

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