Sculpture rebids are sought

By Corene Brisendine

A request to re-open submissions for the Fourth Street and Bluemont Avenue roundabout sculpture is the only item on the general agenda for city commissioners Tuesday night. The Arts and Humanities Advisory Board sought submissions Oct. 18-Nov. 7. At the November meeting, the board, which is in charge of reviewing and selecting sculpture submissions, decided the time limit for accepting proposals was too short, and as a result asked to re-open the submissions for an additional 90 days.

Ron Fehr, city manager, said that to re-open the submission process, the committee had to reject all the original submissions. He said the committee encouraged the original submitters to resubmit their proposals for consideration, but the decision to extend the submission time limit was made to get more people to submit sculpture proposals. The board had received three proposals.

On the consent agenda, commissioners will consider the renegotiated contract between the Riley County Senior Service Center and the city to include the parking lot at 321 N. Fourth Street. The contract would allow visitors to the center exclusive parking rights between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The senior center would also be required to leave open 10 parking spaces in the back of the parking lot for general public use. The intent was to leave the parking spaces open for visitors and employees working at Manhattan Housing Authority. The senior center would also be responsible for putting up all the signs, maintaining the parking lot and cleaning it during wintery weather.

Other consent agenda items include a service contract for emergency on-call electricians, a software service contract and execution of easements, agreements and certifications with the Department of Homeland Security for the construction of NBAF. The electricians’ contract is in case of a power outages associated with bad weather that would be too large for the city’s electricians to handle. City administration would also like to purchase a three-year contract for a GIS software system license that would give access to all employees that can use the system. Fehr said this would help the city’s various departments to have more access to the systems and would increase productivity and efficiency in city administration. With the transfer of the land from Kansas State University to Homeland Security, the city must execute easements, agreements, release covenants and provide Homeland Security with certifications by the city to facilitate the construction of NBAF in the near future.

The city commission meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the City Commission Meeting Room in City Hall, 1101 Poyntz Ave.

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