Professional services plan for Broken Bow Library approved by City Council

Staff Writer

After much discussion, the Broken Bow City Council voted to approve an agreement with JEO Architecture, Inc. for professional services in the "Love your library - Expand our future" campaign for the Broken Bow Library at the City Council meeting Tuesday, July 12. The approved plan includes $144,100 for three phases plus construction administration which will be billed hourly. The first three phases are: Design Development $31,500; Contract Development $104,100; and Bidding or Negotiation $9,000. Administration cost are estimated by JEO at $35,000-$40,000.

Council members were concerned about committing to spending the money before fund raising for the targeted $2.1 million has been completed. Supporters of the library countered that the consulting is necessary to further define the exact needs of renovation and to help determine the final cost of the project. Mark Larsen, representing JEO Architecture told the council that the city would not be billed until work is complete, that the work is done in phases and at any time, the city can request JEO to stop their work.

Attorney Bill Steffens spoke in support of the plan. "We don't know what the project is going to cost. We're in favor of this plan. This will give us a concrete picture," Steffens said, adding that the consulting may result in a project total below the projected $2.1 million. As to fund raising, Steffens said, "We're very positive. We have tremendous momentum."

The library has currently raised just short of $1.4 million according to Library Director Joan Birnie. In addition to continuing fund raising, the library will submit applications to additional grants yet this year.

After the discussion, the council voted unanimously to approve the the agreement with JEO Architecture.