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Mason City council to consider contract tied to Engine House #2 nomination to National Register of Historic Places

MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City tonight has several items on their agenda, including a contract dealing with the historic preservation of a former fire station on the city’s south side.

The council is being asked to approve a $10,642 contract between the city’s Historic Preservation Commission and Tallgrass Archaeology LLC of Iowa City for historic preservation consultant services related to the nomination of Engine House #2 to the National Register of Historic Places and the creation of a digital content package related to the history of the building.

Three bids were submitted for the contract, with one not meeting the scope of the work. The commission has worked with Tallgrass in the past as the firm completed the intensive level survey and National Register nomination of Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery several years ago and was selected based on the firm’s knowledge of the historic resources in Mason City and their previous work with the commission. Their bid was $3.35 more than the bid of Wapsi Valley Archaeology.

The council meets tonight at 7 o’clock in the Mason City Room of the Public Library. 

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