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City Hall basement repairs to cost $13K
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It will cost $13,075 for an architect to oversee renovation of the basement at City Hall for the Driver Testing Center.
According to city administrator Bill Brock, AEI Architects, Engineers and Planners president Peter Metts has given him the cost for his professional services, but he cannot supply the city with the project cost just yet.
“I asked him if he could give the board a cost estimate on what the build out would be,” said Brock. “He said he couldn’t at this time. He had to get through some preliminaries. Basically, it’s like the Civic Center. He has to draw something up to get some ideas before he can get a cost estimate. He did tell me about two other projects he did that were $74 a square foot and $72 a square foot. Ours wouldn’t be anywhere close to that. Not even in the neighborhood. I looked at what the state is wanting and it’s about 3,600 square foot down there.”
Officials passed on first read a lease agreement with the state. Second read was placed on hold until the city receives a cost estimate on renovation. It approved the expenditure of up to $50,000 to renovate the basement. However, the actual cost is unknown.
Mayor Jimmy Haley says the state is waiting.
 “We have to let the state know something,” Haley said. “We’ve got to vote on that contract or consider this.”
Brock questioned what the next step should be.
“You are at the point do you tell Peter to move forward or not? What do you tell the state?”
The information was presented to members of the Building and Grounds Committee. No decision was made.