Bids were approved for furnishings for the Nevada Public Library building project, pending the library’s receiving of additional grants and donations to cover the entire cost of the furnishings.
Library director Beth Williams said one-third of the library’s furnishing needs can be met with existing shelving and furniture. Bids were taken for shelving, online catalog stations, study tables and chairs, displays, children’s furniture, computer stations and lounge chairs.
Three different companies - Business Furnishings & Design, Jones Library Sales, Storey Kenworthy - submitted bids, with the lowest bids accepted for each furnishing option. The total of all the furnishings is $216,145.11. The library will need to come up with funding for the furnishings, since the cost was not included in the project. So far, the library has raised $156,956 through donations, grants and rebates to cover the cost of the furniture. Williams said they are waiting to hear back about grants they have already applied for, and are in the process of filling out additional grants. She said it may not be until the beginning of 2014 before they find out if they will receive any of the grants.
The bids also included signage for the library. Storey Kenworthy was the only company to submit a bid, and it was more than double the estimated cost. The library board will get quotes from additional companies for the signage portion of the project.
Council unanimously voted to approve the lowest bids for the furnishings, not including the signage, with the condition that the library will come up with funding for all the furnishings.
Other agenda items included:
• Council unanimously approved the sale of a section of land in Indian Ridge that was to act as a trailhead. All new housing subdivisions in Nevada are required to have 5 percent of the land set aside for park development. Due to the steep elevation of the plot in Indian Ridge, it does not meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements to enable it to be converted into a trailhead. Rick Hawbaker, 701 Westwood Dr., lives next to the section of land and has been maintaining it since he moved to his current place of residence. He offered to pay the city $2,500 to purchase the property, an amount which was approved with the sale Monday night.
• The city received one item of concern form about early morning garbage pick-up services. The complaint, submitted by Moris Bries, 325 J Ave., stated that garbage is collected by Chitty Garbage Services at 5:50 a.m. in his neighborhood, "waking anyone with open windows." Bries questioned what the city’s policy is regarding garbage collection times. City Administrator Elizabeth Hansen said there is no time specification in the current city code regarding solid waste collection. Chapter 106.10 of the city code states "each licensed collector shall maintain an adequate and prompt pickup service." Mike Chitty of Chitty Garbage Services was present at the meeting and said all Chitty trucks are to leave for their routes by 5:30 a.m. He said anyone who has complaints regarding garbage services done by the company can contact him and he will make sure those complaints are resolved. Council chose to take no action on the complaint.