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Published November 28, 2018

Community Center concept art in the works

CAMDENTON – The city has chosen an architectural firm to do concept drawings for the future Community Center. The city sent out a Request for Qualifications to seek an architect firm for the new Community Center.

They received proposals for the Community Center Advisory Committee to review and they narrowed the choice from the eight submitted to a final three.

These three firms were PGAV Architects, SFS Architects and WNB architects.

The Community Center Advisory Committee, the Mayor, Park Director and the City
Administrator met and interviewed the three firms and ranked them in this order:
• SFS Architecture,
• PGAV Architects,
• WNB Architects.

Last week the Board of Aldermen agreed to hire SFS Architecture, out of Kansas City, to submit concept drawings of the community center. The cost will be $39,174 plus reimbursable expenses. Funds for this project will come out of the reserve money set aside for the Community Center.

A community center had been on the wish list for a number of years but progress on the idea was put on hold in 2009.

At an April 2009 Board of Aldermen meeting the city discussed the possibility of seeking bids for a construction manager for the project. That caused a debate among the aldermen since no land had even been acquired for the center.

At the board meeting in December of 2015, The Mayor explained the financial situation when the board addressed purchasing the current piece of property.

“We’ve been setting aside money ever since the city pool was paid off, which was somewhere between seven to eight years ago,” said McNabb. “We have accumulated approximately 1.6 million dollars over the years. The purchase price of the property will be taken out of that and the remainder, about 1.3 million dollars, will be used to get us started.”

In December of 2015 the city purchased approximately 3.1 acres on North Business Route 5 and Ball Park Road for the center. One option under consideration is to build the center in phases and not all at once.

There is no timeline for completion of the community center and the city will continue to set aside money for the construction of the center, once that happens.

In other business at last week’s Board of Aldermen meeting:

• Approved both readings for election procedures for the April 12, 2019 election.
• Approved an ordinance amending the city code regarding business licenses for businesses operating from non-permanent structure or operating without a structure within a commercial or industrial zone.
• Approved a contract with Travis Hodge Hauling, LLC for the Southside Water Line replacement project for the amount of $24,175.

The board also heard a presentation from a group that seeks to help homeless school children in the area.

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