According to City Spokesperson Cody Moake, the City Council awarded the general contractor bid to Smith-Hafeli, Inc. of Marion in the amount of $3,750,000.
Moake says there were also four alternate bids for various side projects that were approved making the total $3,827,800.
Moake says Smith-Hafeli received the bid award notice Tuesday. The Council also awarded an asbestos abatement contract as well to General Waste Services of Alton in the amount of $133,250.
Moake is hoping to meet with both contractors in the next few days in order to get an idea as to when work will begin.
The City hopes to be in the new City Hall on Tower Square around this time next year.
In other business, the City of Marion is going to demolish the old wastewater treatment plant on North Madison Street.
Moake says the Council awarded the low bid of just over $80,000 to Earth Services of Benton for demolition and the asbestos removal bid contract was awarded to A and A Abatement, LLC of Du Quoin for just over $11,500. The total project according to Moake will be around $92,000, which is just below the city’s budget of $120,000 for the project.
Moake also says some fencing will be replaced at the plant, which was a separate budgeted item. The contract was awarded to Allegiance Fence of West Frankfort for $8,259.
Moake says abatement will start in 10 days with demolition commencing after abatement is completed.
A new water tower is going to be built just off Route 13 on Broeking Road.
Moake says the Council awarded the only bid received for the water tower project to CBI Services, LLC for $4,214,000. The City received a $2 million shovel-ready Rebuild Illinois grant for the project, which will be used toward construction.
Moake says the City hopes construction on the water tower will begin in the next few weeks and be in operation sometime in the next six to eight months.
Another Taco Bell is coming to Marion.
Moake says the Council approved the Zoning Board’s approval of the request for a special use permit for Taco Bell to build a new store on the former Melise’s property on West Main across from The Hub.
The new Taco Bell will have two drive-thru lanes and a small dine-in area. Marion’s other Taco Bell on Walton Way, just off Route 13, will remain open.
Moake says demolition and construction of the new Taco Bell could begin any day now.