Special meeting on expansion bids

An expanded city hall and DPW garage may be on order next week after a special meeting on Monday.
Bids are due this week on the three-bay, 2,000-square-foot addition to the north side of city hall in Depot Park. The project is estimated at $335,785, about $440,000 with interest.
City Council voted unanimously at its April 25 meeting to schedule a special meeting for 7 p.m., May 16, at city hall, 375 Depot Street. The meeting to consider the bids for the DPW addition is contingent on getting bid information by this Friday.
The expansion would house the DPW front-end loader, dump trucks, lift, street sweeper, plows attachments, barricades, and other tools and equipment, most of which were previously kept at 3 E. Church Street.
The Church Street building was also home to the city police department, which has since been disbanded.
The site plan for the addition in Depot Park was approved 4-3 on April 11. Council members Michael Sabol, Eric Haven, and Sharron Catallo, and Mayor Joe Luginski voted “yes.” Council members David Marsh, Al Avery, and Jason Kneisc voted “no.”
Expenses so far include $23,000 in architectural and design fees. Options in the plan include different exterior materials and renovation of an existing garage bay into a meeting room, office, and bathroom facilities.
When the city ended its lease of 3 E. Church in 2012, it was paying $1,500 a month in rent, and about $25,000 in utilities and maintenance.
When first proposed in 2012, estimated cost of the project was $100,000 to $125,000.
Concerned citizens collected 116 signatures on a petition last July, calling for reconsideration of the project.
The city has about 880 residents.