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City Council action clears hurdle for BCHC addition

FUTURE ADDITION — Photo looking north from Eighth and South Streets, shows the area’s old swimming pool property (foreground) and parking lot south of the Boone County Medical Clinic.
Action by the Albion City Council Tuesday night, March 10, was expected to clear the way for the Boone County Health Center board to accept bids and take the next steps toward building the health center’s new outpatient addition.
The council approved an agreement to sell to BCHC the six lots located south of the health center, where the former swimming pool was removed in 2016. The action was taken after a closed session to review and amend the agreement.
The sale agreement was approved with a contingency stating that the city must receive written approval from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, allowing the city to replace this parcel with other property dedicated to outdoor recreation use at a later date.
The encumbrance for outdoor recreation use was a requirement of the original Land and Water Conservation Grant received when the old pool was built. The city plans to satisfy the encumbrance when it expands the camper parking area into the east portion of the Boone County Fairgrounds.
Another contingency is that the buyer, Boone County Health Center, cannot make improvements to the former swimming pool property until an environmental study of that property has been completed to meet Game and Parks Commission requirements.
The agreement to sell was completed in advance of a “yellow book” appraisal and a revised environmental assessment on the former swimming pool property that will be required on closing the sale.
Final price of the lots will be determined by the required yellow-book appraisal. The health center will be credited $8,150 for its cost of demolishing and removing the old swimming pool, and $3,750 for a 99-year non-exclusive lease that allows the planned BCHC parking area to be used for “overflow parking” for Fuller Park and the Albion Family Aquatic Center.
BCHC board members Don Casper and Paul Groeteke, along with Geoff McGill, maintenance supervisor, attended the council meeting. At the time, the hospital board was under tight time constraints to accept bids on the project. However, BCHC later received an extension of time for bid acceptance.
Completion of the sale agreement and issuance of a building permit for the health center project were pending this week.
Higher Storm Sewer Cost
The city is coordinating a portion of its Fairview Phase III storm sewer extension and paving project with the hospital expansion work. The project includes storm sewer extension and paving on Sixth Street from Fairview to Fuller, and extension on Seventh Street directly souith of the health center to South Street.
Kevin Kruse and Dennis Dilly of JEO Consulting Engineers presented the plans and specifications, as well as the opinion of probable cost at $607,000. The opinion of cost is substantially higher than the original estimate of $405,000.
Mayor Jim Jarecki noted this project is being expedited, with a higher cost than originally anticipated, and with a lower “comfort level” than other city projects might have. He said the project contractor will need to coordinate closely with the hospital project contractor.
Advertisement for bids on the storm sewer and paving work is beginning this week. Bids will be due on April 8 and can be considered by the city council at its April 14 meeting. Kruse suggested the start date could be flexible, but the completion deadline would be Oct. 1, 2020.
The project cost will be spread over two budget years.