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City Manager Pleased With Demo Bids, Wrecking Ball To Swing Soon

By Fred Arnold Telescope publisher
www.thebellevilletelescope.com

Belleville City Manager Neal Lewis said it has been a long time coming but “the train is definitely pulling in the station.” On Thursday city officials opened bids for the

On Thursday city officials opened bids for the long-awaited demolition of the downtown city block from 17th to 18th and M Street, and Lewis said he liked what he saw.We were pleased with the bids, which include the asbestos removal but not the landfill fees,” he said. “There was an outstanding

“We were pleased with the bids, which include the asbestos removal but not the landfill fees,” he said. “There was an outstanding turnout and more bidders than we had anticipated.” In all, the city manager said 18 contractors expressed initial interest with eight turning in bids. The low bidder for razing the city block was submitted by Diehl Enterprises Inc., of Salina. Their submitted price was $108,029. Other firms submitting costs and their estimates were: G & G Dozier of Caney, $112,000; Midland Wrecking of Kansas City, Mo., $188,755; T & R Dirt Construction of Salina, $193,750; Smith Construction Services of Beloit, $194,050; Air Capital Recycling of Wichita, $229,448; Pankoke Construction of Beaver City Ne., $282,000; and Jensen Ag Services of Belleville, $435,000. The city manager said it will now be up to the Belleville city council to award the final

The low bidder for razing the city block was submitted by Diehl Enterprises Inc., of Salina. Their submitted price was $108,029. Other firms submitting costs and their estimates were: G & G Dozier of Caney, $112,000; Midland Wrecking of Kansas City, Mo., $188,755; T & R Dirt Construction of Salina, $193,750; Smith Construction Services of Beloit, $194,050; Air Capital Recycling of Wichita, $229,448; Pankoke Construction of Beaver City Ne., $282,000; and Jensen Ag Services of Belleville, $435,000. The city manager said it will now be up to the Belleville city council to award the final

Other firms submitting costs and their estimates were: G & G Dozier of Caney, $112,000; Midland Wrecking of Kansas City, Mo., $188,755; T & R Dirt Construction of Salina, $193,750; Smith Construction Services of Beloit, $194,050; Air Capital Recycling of Wichita, $229,448; Pankoke Construction of Beaver City Ne., $282,000; and Jensen Ag Services of Belleville, $435,000. The city manager said it will now be up to the Belleville city council to award the final

The city manager said it will now be up to the Belleville city council to award the final contract. But he said the low bidder had an estimated start date of Jan. 23, 2017. In the terms of the contract, Lewis added there was a 45-day completion stipulated.

“This has been a very long process that has been a real challenge,” Lewis said. “No one wants to spend funds to take out decaying buildings, but I believe the council’s action was in the best interest of the City and downtown.”