Gabe Faimon | Reporter
BURLINGAME—By a vote of 5-0, the Burlingame City Council awarded
a construction contract totaling $855,402.30 to Emcon Construction,
of Topeka, for the first phase of a sanitary sewer system improvement
project. The contract was awarded during the Jan. 17 council meeting.
Emcon’s base bid was $698,952. Work involves replacement of
a major portion of the main that carries effluent along Kansas Avenue
to the city’s sewage treatment facility.
The contract award included $115,750 for rock slope protection to
prevent further bank erosion of the city’s three lagoon cells.
The contract also includes $40,700 for installation of equipment
for a sewer lift station. The replacement equipment would be purchased
by the city through a separate contract with a lift station equipment
Construction plans and specifications were prepared by BG Consultants,
Inc., which released advertisements for bids in December.
During Monday’s meeting, Brian Kingsley, project engineer,
reported that bid letting “was conducted on Jan. 14. Eight
bids were received, opened and read aloud.”
Base bids ranged from $698,952 to $991,879. The engineer’s
estimate was $880,200.
In January of last year, the city was awarded a community improvement
grant of $500,000 through the Kansas Small Cities Community Development
Block Grant Program. The balance of the project’s funding
is being provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural
Development. Construction is contingent upon authorization by the
In other discussion, the council met with attorney Caleb Crook,
representing city attorney Rick Godderz, in a follow up to council
concerns about requirements of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Railroad for liability insurance for the sewer project. Crook reported
that discussion with a BNSF contract specialist revealed that the
railroad mandated liability insurance for any work along its right
Kingsley said railroads maintain rigid requirements because “they
were there first, and cities built up along them. So, there’s
not a lot of give and take for negotiation. It’s take it or
The council authorized payment of $4,100 for permit fees required
by BNSF, and authorized Burlingame Mayor Ray Hovestadt to sign the
Also during the meeting, Burlingame City Council Member Rosie Parker
said placement of stop or yield signs on streets intersecting Kansas
Avenue had been discussed last summer. She questioned why no action
Hovestadt said placement of stop signs required enactment of an
ordinance, but the council did not take action to do so. Placement
of yield signs does not require an ordinance.
“I thought we agreed last time to put stop signs there,”
said Burlingame City Council Member Norman Bloomquist. “Make
the ordinance. Put them up.”
With discussion of farmers using adjacent streets at harvest time
to access a nearby elevator, Burlingame City Council Member Carolyn
Strohm said, “We’ve taken this route before, haven’t
we? I hate to tell you, the farmers are going to scream. They get
a little unhappy.”
Burlingame Police Chief Jon Shaffer advised, “Stop signs will
not keep accidents from happening.”
The council adopted a motion to install yield signs and assess citizen
In other business, the council approved renewal of a plumbing license
for Blue Dot Services, and electrical and plumbing licenses for
Bill’s Service Unlimited.