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.