The Monett City Council is considering hiring R.E. Horner, an architect from Verona, to draft the specifications for the new Monett City Park Casino.
Horner submitted the only proposal considered at a special council meeting on Tuesday. The architect specifying his fee would be 5 percent of the construction cost. For a project between $900,000 and $1.2 million, Horner's fee would run from $45,000 to $60,000.
City Administrator Dennis Pyle said Richard Werner, with Werner and Associates, had been hired for project design work. Horner would continue to work with Werner on the project.
The ordinance to hire Horner was scheduled for public comment and possible passage at the June 20 monthly meeting.
The casino project will also require civil engineering work. Kevin Sprenkle, from Sprenkle and Associates, was available to do topography, site grading plans and necessary design work at his regular fee. Action was tabled until it was clear no additional proposals were forthcoming from inquiries made by Werner.
Council members may choose to use the construction management approach to the project, a strategy not used by the city before. Pyle said instead of hiring a general contractor based on bids which may surpass budget, construction management brings the manager on board early to work with the architect and the owner. The three can refine the project and make cost saving recommendations.
Competitive bids would be sought for subcontractors. Werner also recommended hiring a construction manager early in the process if the city chose to pursue the approach.
Council members asked Pyle to continue his discussions with a Kansas City attorney that has considerable experience with construction managers and to prepare a proposal for bidders.
Nineteen acres surrounded on three sides by the Monett Municipal Airport may be available for purchase. Owned by EFCO Corporation, a Pella company, the land had been kept for possible development of a second company hangar that could be linked to the taxiway.
Pyle said EFCO's jet now spends most of its time in Pella, Iowa, and EFCO is open to an offer from the city for the land at market value. Based on differing value estimates by two local real estate broker/agents, commissioners decided to schedule a closed session on June 20 to develop an offer.