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As Mason City officials continue to work toward a December 2019 opening for the long-promised downtown multipurpose arena, City Administrator Aaron Burnett has recommended another crucial bid contract in the construction process go to Dean Snyder Construction Company.

The Clear Lake and Ankeny-based group has previously been awarded contracts for demolition and general contracting and now Burnett has asked the Mason City Council to approve a contract for: interior fit-up, mechanical, electrical, elevator and exterior improvements. 

Dean Snyder came in with the low overall bid of $7.135 million and didn't receive quite the same degree of "competition" it has in previous rounds. 

In fact, only Henkel Construction and Academic Specialties even waded into the waters along with Dean Snyder.

Though the bid amount was above what city officials expected, Burnett wrote in the city council packet for Tuesday's meeting that the bid amount is still within the estimated total costs for the project.

The city broke ground on the arena, which is located on the site of the former J.C. Penney building at Southbridge Mall, in February.

That same month: The city was hit with another lawsuit by former developer G8 Development.  '

Still officials are confident that the project will be completed by year's end and that the suit will, in no way, slow things down.

This round of bidding is the third and final round of bidding for the arena project. 

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