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Bid to be awarded for VFW demolition

The council voted Monday night to set a July 1 date to award a bid for the demolition Mitchell's old Veterans of Foreign Wars building.

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An agreement in the amount of $3,280 for architectural services by Larry Jirsa, a local architect, for the demolition of building was also approved.

Tracy decided late last month the city would move ahead with the demolition of the VFW building earlier than was initially planned. The demolition was planned to be done in conjunction with the construction of a new city hall, which isn't expected to begin for months. The demolition will now happen as soon as possible, Tracy said.

For months, the VFW building has sat in a state of disrepair since it was damaged during the demolition of the old Longhorn Bar, with which it shared a common wall. The city bought the damaged VFW building last September for $175,000 and the VFW has since moved to a building at 215 N. Main St., which was previously occupied by Prairie Breeze Gallery, an art gallery and gift shop.

A change order was also approved in the amount of $6,300.50 for additional asbestos removal by GeoTek Engineering from the city-owned Garden of Eden building, which is located at 214 W. First Ave. and is also slated for demolition.

According to a letter in the council's agenda booklet, the amount of asbestos found in the building was more than twice what was originally expected. As a result, the cost of the asbestos removal will increase from $4,845 to $11,145.50.