FERRIS—City council members approved GrantWorks and Velvin and Weeks to head up its Sidewalk Grant project during its meeting Monday night.
Interim City Manager Dennis Burn said in order for the project to move forward the city must select a professional services team to be made up of administrators and engineers.
“In order to make the selection we had to follow a procurement process,” he said. “We advertised for these services and one firm, GrantWorks submitted a proposal for administration, and one firm, Velvin and Weeks submitted a proposal for engineering.”
He said they have worked with both firms for many years on many projects and the results have been satisfactory.
“This will be a good team to put this project together,” Burns said.
The project will consists of 216 linear feet of 10-feet wide concrete pavers, eight ADA ramps and associated appurtenances along West 5th Street from the railroad at Business Highway 45 to Church Street (on the north side) and along West 5th Street to the alley east of Church Street (on the south side.)
“At the Aug. 20, 2012 city council meeting you guys approved a resolution concerning the application process of the grant,” Burn said. “The grant was awarded and the contract has been signed. Our funding participation is $45,000, which is for construction, engineering and administration.”
He said the funding participation by the state is $150,000, which is for construction and administration. Burns added that no funds are currently budgeted by the city for this project.
Council members also approved the adoption of a new logo for the city of Ferris.
“At the Dec. 3, 2012 meeting, several options were presented to city council concerning a new logo,” Burn said. “The logo presented tonight represents the changes you requested on the logo you chose.”
The logo will consist of the word Ferris, a gazebo put in as a watermark and the phrase, “A Texas Main Street City That Bricked The World. It will also consist of a brick background.
In other action:
• members of the city council chose to cancel the May 11 elections due to no one choosing to run against the incumbents of alderman places 2, 3 and 5
• the city council members chose to observe March 17-23 as Poison Prevention Week in recognition of the North Texas Poison Center’s 51st annual observance of Poison Prevention Week
• city council members approved a resolution granting Burn permission to continue the Yard of the Month program

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