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Mayor: New city hall to cost ‘lot of money’

Published 12:57pm Thursday, March 28, 2013

Architect has several concerns with state of former McKelvey Chevrolet building

The former McKelvey Chevrolet building – the anticipated new city hall – was the main topic of discussion at the Dadeville City Council meeting Tuesday.

City clerk Mike Gardner shared updates with the council following a meeting with the architect.

Gardner said the architect expressed a number of concerns, including the state of the roof, the 10-ton heating and air unit and the ductwork in the building.

Gardner said the architect has charged the city $2,500 so far; although the architect’s typical fee is 11 percent of the cost of a project, Gardner said he would cut the city a break and charge only 8 percent.

“It’s going to be a lot of money regardless,” said Mayor Joe Smith.

Amidst grumbles from those who attended the meeting about the cost, Gardner shared an update that may help the city reduce the cost of McKelvey renovations – hiring a crew from the department of corrections to complete the project.

“What they’re saying is, they’ll bid on it also,” Gardner said. “They also said they needed a spec book and a copy of all the plans.

High cost projects were the theme of Tuesday’s meeting, with the council also reviewing bids to repair the fire department’s pumper truck, which has been out of commission for months.

The council voted to accept the lowest bid of the two that came in – $30,042 from Nafeco in Decatur, Ala., where the truck was hauled originally to be repaired.

“Sure is a lot of money,” said Fire Chief Kenneth Thompson, who reminded the council that the truck was also still in need of equipment.

“It has to be repaired,” said councilwoman Pat Potts. “Either way, we’ve got to have the truck repaired.

The council also:

- voted to approve three requests for recreation center rental

- discussed a county wide cleanup day, set for April 20

- discussed gas tax reimbursement