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$10M fire station mostly approved
Quick doors, fire pole included
Verona Press editor
With bids for the new Verona fire and EMS station coming in higher than anticipated, alders looked hard for ways to cut costs Monday night.They came to consensus on only a handful of them, and they’ll be hard-pressed to come close to last month’s estimate of $10.4 million. A few strategies were suggested by Tri-North Builders, the city’s construction manager for the project. With the city following new procedures, it has the ability accept bids from individual sub-contractors, rather than just take one general contractor’s price. That means some additional cost and quality control, but it also makes for some complicated dis-cussions to get there.Much of the 75-minute dis-cussion involved going through noncontroversial bid items that nevertheless needed careful con-sideration because of the delicate logic puzzle presented by decid-ing on bids for 19 individual proj-ects and nine alternate options. In following recommendations giv-en by construction managers and the fire chief, the city rejected six bids, awarded 13 and agreed on six optional additions or subtrac-tions.The most notable of those were easy pickings for pernicious types
Verona Area School District
No referendum in November
Need to ensure land is ‘purchasable,’ finalize second deal
Unified Newspaper Group
Despite hopes from officials earlier in the year and a preliminary land purchase agree-ment, Verona Area School District voters will not vote on a land purchase referendum in November.VASD superintendent Dean Gorrell told the Verona Press on Friday morning there was simply too much left in the process to ask the school board to pass a resolution in August to get a referendum on the ballot, which would be required.That includes a desired second land purchase in addition to the agreement reached earlier in the year to purchase 40 acres in the West End property owned by Vanta Properties, formerly T. Wall Properties. That purchase, which is big
City of Verona
Verona’s Govek in 20th year of MS fundraising ride
SCOTT DE LARUELLE
Unified Newspaper Group
For years, when it came to helping out those suffering from Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Rick Govek was there to grab his gear, climb on his bike and ride to raise some money. After two brothers were afflicted with the debilitating disease, it only served to increase his efforts. This year, with one brother doing fine while another is facing many life chal-lenges from MS, the Verona resident is participating in his 20th straight fund-raiser, the MS150 Best Dam Bike Ride, and he hopes to continue to spread the word about the disease. In that time, he’s been able to raise more than $55,000 for MS research. When Govek, 50, started the ride, he had no idea how much MS would affect his family. He already had a couple “good family friends” who were fight-ing the disease, and as a bicycle enthu-siast, he saw a way he could help. A few years later, though, his older brother Drew, now 51, was diagnosed with MS, and 18 months later, his younger brother Ed, now 48, got the news that he also had the disease, which he said “redou-bled” his fundraising efforts. Govek said much remains unknown about the disease, as researchers are still trying to figure out if there are environ-mental or genetic – or both – that facili-tate its spread.“They’re still learning about what causes it, they’re not really for sure,” he said. “They do know that people in this part of the country tend to get MS at a much higher rate than the Deep South. There are about one in every 500 peo-ple with MS in Wisconsin, and one in 10,000 in Texas.
Verona’s Rick Govek, right, and brother Drew hang out at one of the Sunday morning rest stops during the 2013 Best Dam Bike Ride, benefiting multiple scle-rosis research. Govek started participating in the race 20 years ago, before Drew and their other brother, Ed, were diag-nosed with the debilitating disease.