Architect Hired For Beatrice Fire Station Schematic

BEATRICE – The City of Beatrice has hired an architectural firm to come up with a schematic design for a potential new fire station.

The Beatrice City Council approved the hiring of JEO Consulting Group, Inc., at a cost of $29,500.  City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer says the firm would help with the size and scope of the project.   Eight companies responded to a request for proposals.

Tempelmeyer says JEO Consulting will review program information and help evaluate potential sites.

:34                  “a schematic design”

City officials are considering placing a sales tax issue before voters in the November election, which would provide revenue to finance a bond issue for a new fire headquarters.

The company will complete their work by September 21st.

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One councilman wants the consultant to include the possibility of expanding onto the current fire headquarters, located in a cramped lower level of the municipal auditorium.  Rich Kerr said he’s interested in the cost of that option.

:21                  “more room”

The cost estimates to be provided by JEO include construction of the facility, but not site acquisition or preparation.

Last night, the council approved a resolution allowing the city to reimburse itself for architectural services on the fire station project, either through a bond issue or public safety debt.

Beatrice Fire and Rescue Chief Brian Daake says the department will hold a public open house Saturday morning, to give citizens a look at the current fire headquarters, at the auditorium.

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