"These assessments are always tough," Rick Kuhl told the council.
"The building probably has value, but I'm not sure of its value for this purpose," Kuhl said.
He told the council they estimate it will cost about $1.946 million to renovate the structure. That estimate includes demolishing the single-story part of the building, replacing the roof, installing stairways and elevators, and building new equipment bays and related facilities.
Kuhl told the council that to demolish the entire structure and build an entirely new, single-story facility would cost about $1.835 million.
The building was purchased by the city in 2010 and putting a new fire station on that lot is the preferred option of the council. Several weeks ago the council asked Kuhl to look at the possibility of renovating the existing building to serve some of needs of the Fire Department.
Kuhl told the council that they rate the available space in the two-story portion of the building as adequate for the administration, but inadequate for the living quarters. There is not enough space available and having part of the living quarters on the second floor Kuhl told the council they did not feel was a good option.
As for the building condition, he said that the single floor portion of the building should be demolished, leaving the two-story building. The roof on the two-story part is in good condition he said, the exterior walls are in fair condition, needing to be covered with something to seal them against water penetration and the interior is in poor condition, "as you would expect," he said.
There are some un-knowns about the interior he said like the possibility of asbestos and mold.
"I'm reasonably certain we can make the structure meet the requirements for an essential facility, but have no idea of the cost," he said.
Fire stations are expected to be able to function when other facilities are not functioning, he told the council.
In other business the council
* Voted 5-0 to pass on first reading a special ordinance amending the city's contract with Sprouls Construction for the new sidewalk from the high school to the downtown area. The change included changing a curb cut and ramp to a lesser slope and better drainage and a curb cut and ramp was added on Hickory Street. The change in the contract, which MoDOT is reimbursing at 80 percent will cost the city $349.22.
* Voted 5-0 to pass on first reading a special ordinance amending the city's contract with Emery Sapp & Son of Columbia to increase the cost of the project by $432, of which the city will have to pay $30.24. The city is being reimbursed by the Missouri Department of Transportation for 93 percent of the cost.
* Voted 5-0 to amend the 2012 budget to account for grant and bond proceeds in the general fund; interfund transfers from the general fund to the library fund; the shared cost of the lease purchase of a mini-excavator and backhoe by the street and water and sewer funds; a grant for emergency backup generators and final improvements to the community center and the landfill fund due to a reduction in the post closure liability and mandated semi-annual testing and the Neighborhood Improvement District required a periodic arbitrage study.
* Voted 5-0 to give final approval to a memorandum of agreement with Alliance Water Resources to provide water and sewer services to the city of Nevada. The contract amount includes an increase of 0.9 percent.
* Voted 5-0 to pass on second reading a general ordinance to allow the privilege of manufacturing wine or brandy. The license fee will be 1-1/2 times the state fee of $5 for each 500 gallons produced up to a maximum or $300.