Pohlmann Construction submitted the winning bid. The only other bidder, Sieve Construction, bid the job at $206,000.
Both bids included a new roof, new windows, a 49 feet by 28 feet addition to the east side of the building, new storage space, a break-room in the police department, and a general re-configuring of the building.
Ward 2 Alderman Keith Wehmeyer cast the only vote against the project.
Four banks bid on financing the remodel. First Bank, Citizen’s Bank, Community Bank of Owensville and First State Community Bank all sent proposals with varying rates and lengths of loans.
The board asked Joe Purschke, the city’s attorney, to review the proposals and make a recommendation at their next meeting.
Mayor Otis Schulte reported that he and some of the alderman had met with a representative of BFA, the engineers of the Walnut and South streets project.
Several residents along those streets have complained that the new road designs have created water drainage problems on their property that weren’t there prior to the project.
It was hoped that the board could convince BFA to help fund the resolution to the problem.
Schulte reported the BFA representative told him and some of the aldermen that his company was contacted by a former alderman and told to stop work on the project. Therefore, it may be possible that no final plans were ever submitted by BFA.
Purschke and the aldermen all have copies of BFA bills to the city and are trying to determine exactly what the city paid the firm to do.
In several cases curbing and swales will have to be ripped out and redone.
In the meantime, the board decided to fix the problems so that paving work can be started before the fall. Schulte estimates that the corrections could cost $7,174.
Wehmeyer questioned Public Works Director Brad Landwehr as to why a fire hydrant was moved onto property he owns on Walnut Street. The hydrant was originally situated on the southwest corner of the intersection of Walnut and Sixth streets. During the installation of the new waterline, it was moved onto the northwest corner.
Landwehr said he left his crew working while he left the site to take care of business. While he was gone, the crew neglected to set the hydrant back in and didn’t realize their mistake until they were across the intersection.
Wehmeyer made a motion to move the hydrant back to its original site.
Ward 1 Alderman Dawn Czeschin noted the hydrant was higher than most in town and was unsightly.
Landwehr said he would be willing to replace the hydrant with one of regular size, but that moving the hydrant would take too much time away from other projects.
Wehmeyer’s motion did not get a second.
Ward 2 Alderman David Luechtefeld made a new motion to replace the hydrant with a smaller one. Czeschin seconded that motion. Wehmeyer cast a no vote, but the other three voted yes.
A discussion was held about an apartment building on Main and Second streets that always had a pile of trash on the sidewalk. The aldermen agreed to send the property owner a letter telling him he must put a dumpster on the property.
The board questioned Police Chief Tommie Lowe on the recent appointment of a School Resource Officer (SRO) from the Owensville Police Department.
Lowe explained to the board that someone from his department - usually Lowe himself - goes to Gerald Elementary School each day they are in session. The purpose of the visits is to do a safety walk-through. He noted that it was also a time to get to know some of the students and staff. The Gerald Police Department provides this service free of charge to the Gasconade County R-2 School District.
In a recent meeting with R-2 Assistant Superintendant Chuck Garner, Lowe and Czeschin, the issue was discussed.
Garner reportedly told the two from Gerald that it wasn’t a case of not providing an SRO for Gerald Elementary. He noted that the SRO would spend very little time in Owensville’s elementary school.
The officer’s focus will be on he middle and high schools which has Gerald students.
Lowe feels his department is expected to provide the extra service without pay, while the Owensville SRO officer will receive most of his pay from the school district.
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