Susie Whalen | Reporter
OVERBROOK—Marni Penrod, Overbrook library board president, and architect David Dunfield, of KH Engineering Group, PA, presented library construction bids to the Overbrook City Council during the council’s regular meeting Oct. 10.
Six bids were received for expansion and renovation of the Overbrook Public Library. Dunfield discussed with the council which bid his company felt would best represent the citizens of Overbrook, and his company, in the most cost effective manner.
“KES Construction LLC, from Overland Park, submitted the lowest bid for the construction of the library,” Dunfield said. “Hans Fischer, who is also an architect with this project, has worked with and seen the final results of this particular company’s work in the community of Leawood in which he resides. Hans has his vote of confidence for this company, as well as mine. All references of this company were extremely positive.”
The bid from KES Construction LLC was $1,068,000 for construction of the library. There was discussion on reducing the projected cost by $37,000, which would include “alternates” such as automatic door openers for the main entrance, specific types of carpeting, and custom design shelving. Dunfield said these alternates will not destroy quality or functionality of the library, but should be considered in order to keep costs down.
Penrod said the library board had discussed these alternates and approved them, but she understands city council has the final word.
Upon further discussion, council members approved KES Construction LLC as the library’s construction contractor, with consideration of the cost-saving alternates.
Overbrook Mayor Don Schultz led discussion on moving power lines related to the library construction. Dunfield gave options on relocating lines, but the council decided to wait and obtain a bid from Westar before making a decision.
Casey Moore (R), 19th District candidate for Kansas Senate, introduced himself and gave a brief summary of his work history and reason for running for office.