Lee’s Summit City Council considers contracts for Second, Orchard street reconstruction

rpulley@lsjournal.comApril 23, 2014 

Lee’s Summit is close to starting work on Second and Orchard streets.

Those are two projects the Lee’s Summit’s City Council will consider when it makes its last decisions with its current members at its regular session April 24.

After a vote on accepting official election results for April municipal election by the old council, Trish Carlyle, Diane Forte and Diane Seif will be sworn in as council members.

The construction projects are on the consent agenda, usually approved with little discussion because the council or committees considered them in previous meetings.

Freeman Concrete Construction will be paid $555,721 for replacing curbs, gutters and some storm inlets on Second between Jefferson Street and Independence. The intersection of Second and Jefferson streets will be rebuilt to be a more standard “T” type intersection.

In August, the street is to get a new surface, under the city overlay program, and it will be re-striped from four lanes, to two-lanes with left-hand turn lanes.

Voters approved a bond issue to finance rebuilding Orchard Street in April 2013.

The Public Works department is trying a new method for completing the work. To shorten the time it takes, it is using a design-build agreement where the contractor will do the engineering and supervise construction, instead of having one bid for engineering and another for building the project.

The city, after hearing proposals from several companies, chose Emery Sapp & Sons Inc. will get slightly more than $3.15 million for reconstructing the street between Douglas Street and Independence Avenue.

Work is to start in May and finish before the end of 2014.

The contract includes a provision where the contractor gets a portion of savings as an incentive to hold down costs.

Other items on the agenda include:

• City Manager Steve Arbo’s 2013 Annual Report

• Renewing a yearly contract with Hunt Martin Materials to provide rock to city departments

• Awarding a one-year, $74,795 contract to for auditing services to RubenBrown LLC., with four one-year renewal options


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