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November 21, 2013

Council looks to save money on City Hall

CLINTON — The Camanche City Council will look to save money while going forward with a plans for a new City Hall.

The city has offered $175,000 for the former pharmacy building. Camanche City Administrator Tom Roth suggested the council sit down with an engineer from Shive Hattery to consider possible floor plans for the building. He said they could sit down and consider several different plans before or after the next meeting.

“It’s not a big building and it’s not a complicated building, so it’s relatively simple. But somebody needs to decide what we want them to do,” Roth said.

Councilman Gary Kampe and other councilmen wondered about why current estimates for the work are at a little more than $190,000. Most of the project will be paid by a $250,000 CD, with any remainder coming from the general fund. The council hoped to keep the purchase and renovation price below $300,000.

Citizen Charlie Blount asked why the council is having Shive Hattery create plans instead of meeting with local contractors, which he felt would cost less. Roth agreed it would be cheaper if the city did this, but said it cannot.

Roth and City Attorney Tom Lonergan explained that by state law, the city is required to have an engineer or architect create official plans and specifications. Lonergan added the city also has to be sure these plans include proper American with Disability Association and fire code compliance. After the specifications are finalized, the council hopes to receive lower bid prices.

The council will meet at 5 p.m. on Dec. 3 to go over floor plans.

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