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CITY COUNCIL MEETING 03/09/15 (Hedrick Construction Recap, Bids Approved)

City Approves Bids, Hears Recap of Hedrick Medical Center Construction
By CATHERINE STORTZ RIPLEY 
March 10, 2015

Chillicothe City Council members approved several bids and the purchase of a passenger van for the parks department during their regular meeting Monday evening in the council chambers at City Hall. The council also discussed a grant writing agreement with Community FundWorks and heard a report from Hedrick Medical Center's CEO regarding the overall new hospital construction project.

Matt Wenzel, chief executive officer of Hedrick Medical Center, highlighted the hospital's progress, recognition the facility has received, and the building project as a whole. "Since 2012, we've had substantial growth," Wenzel said. "Across the board, volumes are up at Hedrick Medical Center." He said the increase could be attributed to several things, including employees, quality and patient satisfaction. "We have exceptional employees providing exceptional quality and satisfying patients," Wenzel said. "It's our focus on amazing employees, providing exceptional quality, satisfying our customers that lead to the growth. It's a byproduct of the work we are doing." The CEO noted that the hospital received the Missouri Chamber of Commerce's Fast Track Award based on growth from 2010 to 2013. "We were the first hospital in the state of Missouri to win this award," he said. Wenzel also presented information that summed up the actual construction costs of the hospital and medical plaza. The budgeted construction costs were $32,490,968, and the actual construction cost was $32,482,629, which amounted to $8,338.66 under budget. The hospital was built with an average of $337.97 per square-foot; and the medical plaza was built at $254.81 per square foot. Wenzel also expressed appreciation of the partnership between Saint Luke's Health Systems and the city of Chillicothe.

In other business Monday evening, the council approved a bid for fuel for the 2015-16 fiscal year from MFA Oil Company for bulk delivery and associated services required for vehicles used by police, fire, ambulance, golf, street and park departments. The agreement is for bulk fuel regular, unleaded and diesel fuel and runs from April 1, 2015 until March 31, 2016.

The council also approved the bid submitted by Barnes Baker Motors of Trenton for a 2015 Ford Transit XL 10-passenger wagon in the amount of $23,827. The van will be used to transport offenders incarcerated at Chillicothe Correctional Center to and from the facility to park destinations where offenders perform work for the city.

City officials on Monday also approved bids submitted by three vendors for park concession supplies for the 2015-16 fiscal year. Successful bidders were Saint Joe Distributing, Schwan's Home Service and Graves Menu Maker Foods. Each vendor will provide something different for the park concessions. Also approved was a contract with Pepsi Cola Bottling of Chillicothe to provide drinks and bottled water for the parks department for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

The council tabled bids concerning mowing services. Council members were set to approve the lowest responsible bid which was from Elite Lawns of Chillicothe for both nuisance properties and mowing at the old prison site on Third Street; however, the vote was postponed until the next council meeting, pending confirmation that the city's insurance requirement had been met.

Also Monday, City Administrator Ike Holland led discussion regarding an agreement between the city and Community FundWorks, a grant writing service, as a recommendation from the Railroad Advisory Board. No action was taken, and the matter will presented along with an ordinance for consideration at a later date. Consideration of the agreement is part of Phase I of transforming the old railroad bed into a trail system for hiking and biking.

An executive session followed the regular meeting during which an individual was hired by unanimous vote of the council. Details about the hiring are expected to be announced later this week.

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