New police headquarters 'a great value' for Bellevue
The City of Bellevue received nearly $2 million worth of good news when bids to build the new police headquarters came in far below estimates.
Al Povondra, of Carlson West Povondra architects, said Cheever Construction of Lincoln submitted a bid of $5.9 million, which is $1.8 million below the anticipated $7.8 million cost.
The work will renovate an existing 85,000-square-foot office building to house the Police Department and some city offices. Two other buildings in the same complex are scheduled to house a new City Hall.
Cheever had the lowest of 11 bids. Povondra said the city benefitted from a shortage of projects seeking bidders at this time of year.
“There just were not a lot of projects to bid on,” he said. “That resulted in a lot of competition, not only among general contractors but also among subcontractors. The bottom line is that the city is getting a great value regarding the cost of this project.”
Papillion grants to help neighborhood projects
The City of Papillion hopes to promote community collaboration by offering grants to improve neighborhoods.
The Neighborhood Grant Program will offer up to $2,500 annually for projects in each of the city's four wards.
Mayor David Black said the grant program will encourage more partnerships among the city and neighborhood groups.
Grants will be available to organized neighborhood associations as well as groups of neighbors and civic groups organized to benefit a neighborhood located in Papillion's city limits.
Projects must either enhance the community, such as landscaping a traffic island, or improve an organization, such as offering first aid or emergency preparedness training.
Springfield OKs splash pad for summer fun
This summer, Springfield residents will get to take the kids to a new water feature.
The Springfield City Council approved a measure to begin work on a splash pad at Buffalo Park. The water playground will be about 1,600 square feet, with 1,000 square feet for a play area.
Mayor Mike Dill said the splash pad idea started after Springfield passed a sales tax in April 2011.
“We investigated building a pool, but it's financially out of reach,” Dill said. “But splash pads have been successful in neighboring communities, so we pursued that.”
Springfield estimates the cost at about $282,000.
Kathleen Gottsch, Springfield's city clerk, said the city will receive the bids on March 29, and construction should be done by June 3.
— World-Herald News Service