The Dadeville City Council approved a $1.45 million contract with Gillespie Construction for downtown revitalization at a special-called meeting Thursday.

The city council voted 4-1 with councilmember Roy Mathis voting against the proposal. The special meeting was called because the contract needed to be voted on before a pre-construction meeting Monday. 

CDG senior project manager Jeff Harrison told the council Gillespie’s bid came in at $1,450,475.30 and said initial bids that were as much as $700,000 over budget cast doubt on the project’s feasibility.

“(Gillespie) felt their bids were good enough and believed in this project,” Harrison said. “They held their bid prices from Jan. 31.”

The city, Tallapoosa County and Alabama Department of Transportation will work together on the project to enhance downtown with paving, sidewalks, lighting and landscaping, according to Dadeville Mayor Wayne Smith.

“It’s probably going to be a bit of an inconvenience but when we get through, it’s going to be something we can be proud of for years to come,” Smith said.

The city council voted 4-1 to approve amending and approving two contracts with ALDOT. Mathis voted against both contracts.