Rolla Asphalt was chosen Monday night by the Rolla City Council for a paving project at the Rolla National Airport.
Also at the airport, Intercounty Electric Cooperative will be granted an easement to provide power to the new Brewer Science building, the council decided.
For $198,584.60, Rolla Asphalt will pave the main entrance road to the main apron area, as well as two parking areas next to the flight center.
Rolla Asphalt's low bid was questioned by council members who noted that it was far below the only other bid received, $381,817.50 from NB West Contracting, and significantly below the engineer's estimate, $300,746.50.
Public Works Director Steve Hargis said the bid was good, based on Rolla Asphalt's history of work with Rolla and based on consultant Jviation's review of the bid. Jviation recommended the bid be accepted, as did the city staff.
Now the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), which is funding the project, must approve.
The council also approved the easement that will allow Intercounty Electric Cooperative "to provide a main electric feed to the southwest corner of the airport and to continue along Highway 28 to the new Brewer Science facility," as described by Hargis in his agenda commentary.
Both of the airport votes were approved 9-0 by the council. Absent were Councilwoman Sue Eudaly who was representing Rolla at a Missouri Municipal League meeting. Councilman Steven Leonard and Councilman Louis Magdits were out of town on business, Mayor Bill Jenks announced.
Also absent was City Administrator John Butz, who was attending the Missouri Municipal League meeting.
In other business at the council meeting:
• The council adopted the fiscal year 2014 budget by 9-0 vote on the final reading of the ordinance.
• On a related vote, the council approved final reading of an ordinance to raise the sewer use fee by 10 cents per 1,000 gallons of water used.
• No council member volunteered to be the employer delegate for the annual LAGERS meeting, so Finance Director Steffanie Rogers said a city department director will be appointed as the representative.
• Closing of streets from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, for the Rolla Downtown Arts and Crafts Festival was approved. Pine Street from Sixth to 10th streets will be closed, as well as Ninth Street from Pine to Elm streets.
• Also approved was closing of streets for the Celebrations of Nations parade Saturday, Sept. 28, which will begin at 11 a.m. The parade starts at the Havener Center, heads east on 11th Street then south on Rolla Street to Sixth Street and back up Pine Street to Ninth Street, ending at the Band Shell festival lot.
• The Rolla Area Sister City Committee presented a report on a trip to Sondershausen, Germany, and also reported on a planned youth exchange program and possibly some musical performance exchanges.
Page 2 of 2 - • Roger Brown presented a petition for action on a damaged home at 103 Steeplechase Road. No action was taken.