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Bowman Gray renovation in Winston-Salem takes step forward | Politics

In addition to the approximately $8 million in construction costs, the project includes $710,000 in design costs $237,400 in contingency and $129,000 in other project costs.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has put a crimp in a lot of business activities, it is actually making it easier for the city to proceed with renovations at a time the stadium is not being used.

Rowe said Blum is prepared to start mobilizing for construction as early as November with work on the restrooms and concession stands. Work on the football field would be going on in the spring, and the entire renovation could be finished by early 2022, in advance of the 2022 NASCAR racing season.

In other action, the city Finance Committee recommended that the council award a contract to Garanco., Inc. for the first phase of improvements at Long Creek Park, which the city bought in 2017 with the help of The Conservation Fund.

The property is the former Long Creek Golf Course off Bethania-Tobaccoville Road.

Garanco, a company based in Mount Airy, is doing the project at a cost of $1.5 million. The project is being paid for from the 2018 bonds approved by voters in a referendum.

The improvements planned for the first phase include a market shelter, a pool bathhouse with an expanded concrete pool deck, concrete walks, fencing, stairs and other improvements including a 91-space parking lot and repaving of the existing access drive.

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Sioux City Council to vote on contract for Riverside Pool House renovation project | Government and Politics



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People swim at Riverside Pool in Sioux City in this 2017 file photo. The Sioux City Council will be asked Monday to award a $214,000 contract to W.A. Klinger for a pool house renovation project.




SIOUX CITY — The Sioux City Council will be asked Monday to award a $214,000 contract to a Sioux City contractor for the Riverside Family Aquatics Center Pool House renovation project.

The project includes the renovation of the 2,180-square-foot existing pool house facility and the construction of a 300-square-foot storage building and staff break area.

The renovation of the pool house will create two accessible shower spaces, changing areas and bathroom stalls, according to city documents.

W.A. Klinger, LLC submitted a base bid of $198,000 and a bid of $16,000 for alternate 1, an electrical upgrade, which is 6 percent above the architect’s estimate of $211,000.



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W.A. Klinger’s bid was one of five bids received by the city. L&L Builders submitted a base bid that was $600 less than W.A. Klinger’s, but W.A. Klinger’s bid for the electrical upgrade was $2,200 less. 

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“We have the budget to approve both the base bid and the alternate,” Sioux City Parks and Recreation Director Matt Salvatore said.

The project, which has a completion date of April 30, will make Riverside Family Aquatics Center more accessible to the public and more functional for aquatics staff.


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Buffalo defense contractor CUBRC gets $16 million in federal funds to build testing facility | Buffalo Politics News

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Sen. Charles Schumer stands next to a segment of a wind tunnel used in weapons development at CUBRC in a 2019 visit to the facility. 




WASHINGTON – CUBRC, a Buffalo-based defense contractor, has received $16 million in federal funding to construct a new hypersonic testing facility, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer announced Thursday.

“CUBRC is the only facility in the nation with the ability to test hypersonic weapons systems at flight conditions at full scale, and it is a critical part of both Western New York’s innovation economy and our national security,” Schumer said. “That’s why I’m proud to have secured this funding that will fund CUBRC’s groundbreaking improvement to its testing and evaluation complex, allowing us to win the global race on innovation in hypersonic technologies and weapons.”

The project will also boost local jobs, Schumer said.

Formed in 1983, CUBRC has long been a key test site for military hypersonic projects.

“This award from DOD will enable CUBRC to further upgrade our capabilities here in Buffalo thus providing our incredible scientific talent the tools necessary to keep the United States in our leadership position on hypervelocity,” said Tom McMahon, CUBRC’s CEO. “This cannot be understated about how important this is to CUBRC, to Western New York and to the nation.”

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Parson calls for review of Missouri Veterans Homes after deaths of residents from COVID-19 | Politics

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Missouri Governor Mike Parson is calling for a review of coronavirus prevention procedures in the state’s seven veterans homes after the deaths of residents in four of the homes and a spike in cases.

“Data presented to me yesterday in a briefing raised concerns regarding how well Missouri Veterans Homes are uniformly and systematically operating to prevent and, if necessary, contain COVID-19 outbreaks among their staff and residents,” Parson said Friday in a Facebook post.

The homes will also receive 2,400 rapid COVID-19 tests, the governor said.

The Mt. Vernon Veterans Home in southwest Missouri confirmed its first case of COVID-19 the day after Parson visited the facility on September 15. Parson tested positive on September 23, but his staff members do not believe he became infected during the visit. The home has now reported 24 infections among veterans and 12 among staff, according to the Missouri Veterans Commission.

This week, the St. James Veterans Home in Phelps County reported 25 active cases among veterans and seven among staff.

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House committee investigating Speaker Mike Madigan likely to be hampered by politics

Illinois House rules dictate that the committee investigating Speaker Michael Madigan is evenly split between Democrats and Republicans — and like everything else in politics today that partisan divide pretty much ensures lots of arguing and little action.

That infighting, as well as the makeup of the House itself, could determine how much the committee is able to get done and the result of its investigation — should anything come of it at all.

That’s because while the investigation committee is made up of three Democrats and three Republicans, the House is solidly Democrat, with a 74-member supermajority that towers over the 44-member Republican Caucus.

Advancing a charge to a disciplinary committee would take at least one of the Democrats siding with the three Republicans — and if the past few weeks are any indication, that’s not likely.

The committee plans to hear its first testimony Tuesday from a ComEd representative, but any hopes of hearing from Madigan himself were dashed last week when the speaker declined to appear at all, arguing “I cannot provide information I do not have.”

“It’s difficult to say what will happen at this point without knowing the evidence,” said John Jackson, a longtime analyst of Illinois politics. “The most likely outcome is going to be dependent on some Democrats that are upset with Madigan will have to vote with Republicans for this to ultimately go anywhere, and it’s unclear right this minute whether they will.”

Jackson, a visiting professor at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, said he’s cautiously optimistic the panel will put politics aside during its proceedings.

But he pointed to the Democratic supermajority in the House, which “makes it much harder for there to be a negative outcome against the speaker.”

House Speaker Mike Madigan talks on his cellphone from his desk during a session of the Illinois House of Representatives at the Bank of Springfield Center, in Springfield, in May.

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