Council considers contract for four demolitions

City council will review on Monday a demolition contract to remove four dangerous buildings around East Capitol Avenue.

Council members will review a $ 147,609 contract with Mid Missouri Earth Movers for the demolition of vacant residences. Properties to be discussed are 410 E. Hess Way, 320 E. Miller St., 417 E. Capitol Ave. and 528 E. Capitol Ave / 202 Marshall St.

City council approved an additional $ 300,000 for demolitions in July, but the contract amount requires city council approval.

Building inspector Dave Helmick said the city has so far demolished three properties using the funds and, if approved, the contract would add four more.

When the additional funding passed, Helmick said it would likely cover eight to ten demolitions.

He plans to bid on another set of properties with the silver, which would bring that total to nine.

“Something could happen in the meantime and a big structure could need something,” Helmick said. “Then at that point it might just be eight.” “

Last year, the average of all demolitions in the city cost around $ 21.50 per square foot – and closer to $ 30 per square foot if it was a wet demolition, Helmick said.

Wet demolitions reduce dust and help control potential exposure to asbestos.

The offer includes a cost breakdown for each property:

• 410 E. Chemin Hess: $ 10,371

• 320 E. Miller Street: $ 21,870

• 417 E. Capitol Ave. : $ 64,710

• 528 E. Capitol Ave./202 Marshall St.: $ 53,670. The two addresses share a corner plot.

Helmick stated that the 410 E. Hess Way is a total loss due to fire. It is uninhabitable and structurally compromised.

At 320 E. Miller Street, he said, the building’s west wall is failing due to roof failure.

“It’s next to occupied structures,” Helmick said. “So we want that to be removed so that it doesn’t just fall off on its own. “

The property at 417 E. Capitol Ave. was listed as a dangerous building in early July due to storms in June, which caused the center of the roof to collapse and the remaining roof to move. The Jefferson City Housing Authority filed a prominent estate lawsuit in July, which includes the property.

The last property, 528 E. Capitol Ave./202 Marshall St., was already uninhabitable before the 2019 tornado due to roof issues, litter and unsanitary conditions.

“But after the tornado and due to lack of maintenance, there are now large holes in the roof and through the ceilings in the floors, compromising the interior of the structure,” Helmick said.

City staff are asking for a suspension of the rules so that council can vote on the matter at Monday’s meeting rather than waiting another two weeks.

Helmick said it was because of the condition of 417 E. Capitol Ave. Since the storms in June, the roof has continued to slide and this has caused internal damage.

“You can see on one side that the roof now sticks out about one and a half to two feet on one side and about two and a half feet on the other side,” he said. “As this is a wet demo and we are heading into the fall, we will start to fight against the elements and this roof will not be able to withstand any snow load or high wind load. It is therefore essential that we remove it as quickly as possible.

It’s the only wet demolition on the list.

Bills tabled

• Modify the 2021 budget to recognize insurance against hail in the amount of $ 102,160 to be paid into the park fund.

• Amend the 2021 budget to recognize the sale of the Washington Park cell tower for $ 934,612 to be paid into the park fund.

• Authorize a grant agreement of $ 57,162 with the Missouri Department of Transportation for the Jefferson City Memorial Airport.

• Authorize a $ 158,825 construction contract with Clean Infusion LLC for replacement diffusers at the regional water harvesting facility.

Pending invoices

• A $ 35,176 agreement with JCW Boonville Properties LLC for the disposal of the Westport pumping station.

• Approve a potential transfer of East Miller Park for the expansion of the Jefferson City National Cemetery. The transportation would need the approval of the US Department of Veterans Affairs and the offer would expire after two years.

• A $ 389,631 construction contract with SAK Construction LLC for a pipe coating project.

• Amend the budget to include an additional Neighborhood Services Specialist position within the Department of Planning and Protective Services to help increase federal funding.

• Change the city code to allow the city administrator to have more purchasing power of real estate.

• Authorize an agreement with Ameren Missouri for street lighting.

• Amend the city code to include the offense of second degree trespassing to bring it in line with state law.

• Modify the personnel policy for on-call remuneration to reflect the funding requests approved in the 2022 municipal budget.

• Authorize an agreement with Midwest ATC Services for air traffic control services from January 1, 2021 to March 31, 2021.

• Authorize a $ 62,910 construction contract with SLV Roofing for the replacement of the roof of the salt shed in Hyde Park and the Pavitt Building at Jefferson City Memorial Airport. It would also approve the use of insurance money for part of the works and money from the general fund for the rest of the expenses.


• Authorize the extension of a Memorandum of Understanding with Cole County EMS.

• Authorize United Healthcare and Berkley Accident and Health to provide group health insurance to city employees.

• Authorize the director for group dental insurance for city employees.

How to participate

City council will meet in person at 6 p.m. on Monday, but will have a virtual option due to COVID-19 and social distancing recommendations.

Members of the community can attend the meeting in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 320 E. McCarty St., or watch the meeting live via the city’s YouTube page.

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