Architect Selected For New Beatrice Fire and Rescue Station

BEATRICE – The City of Beatrice has hired an architectural firm to design and manage the construction of a new Beatrice Fire and Rescue headquarters.

The city council Monday night approved the hiring of JEO Consulting Group, at a cost of $560,000.

City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer says the agreement covers design, architectural services, engineering, bidding and project supervision.

:19                  “part of that contract”

Last November, Beatrice voters approved a half-cent increase in the local sales tax, which will finance construction of the new fire and rescue project.  Collection of the additional half-cent tax begins April 1st.

City Councilman Bob Morgan says the price for the design and construction supervision agreement is in line, as a percentage of the overall cost of the project.

:10                  “eight to nine percent”

JEO Consulting Group did the preliminary schematic design for the project.

Elected officials also approved a resolution allowing the city to reimburse itself for capital expenses under a bond issue.

:08                  “for those expenditures”

A site for the new station has not been selected or announced by the city.  The mayor and council met in closed session last night with the Fire Chief.

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