Emporia City Commission approves bid for improvements to David Traylor Zoo Featured

Emporia Friends of the Zoo present the city of Emporia with a check to fund improvements as part of the Oasis Campaign. Emporia Friends of the Zoo present the city of Emporia with a check to fund improvements as part of the Oasis Campaign. Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

Emporia City Commissioners have set two construction projects into motion after approving separate bids during their recent action session Wednesday afternoon.

The first bid approved by commissioners came in from Mitchell Markowitz Construction in the amount of $859,110 for work on the David Traylor Zoo waterfowl pond and entrance. The construction work is a part of the Oasis Capital Campaign and is the second major project approved in recent weeks following formal approval of construction for the Kookaburra exhibit last month.

Oasis Campaign Co-Chair Duane Henrickson believes the amount of work going into the zoo will be a great incentive for future donors.

 

Emporia Friends of the Zoo President Bobby Thompson says this is an exciting development for the campaign, however, it is just one small step in a large climb.

 

The formal approval followed a check presentation of the $859,110 from the Emporia Friends of the Zoo to the city of Emporia. A timeline for the work to begin has yet to be determined.

Separately commissioners approved a $31,739 bid from Rubick Construction of Williamsburg for a sewer line realignment project for Glendo LLC. Rubick had the low bid which came in over $12,000 below the original cost estimate of $44,000.

Additionally, commissioners approved an annexation request and ordinance for Riverside Court LLC to annex property on S. West Street. A rezoning request and ordinance for the same property was also approved changing the property from agriculture to single-family low-density zoning.

A request for a conditional use permit for a ground floor apartment within the Central Business District at 1028 Commercial and the municipal water conservation plan also gained approval. Commissioners held one executive session with no action taken.

The commission will meet for study session next Wednesday inside City Conference Room 1AB at White Auditorium.

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