Archive for Thursday, November 8, 2007

Inspections indicate De Soto City Hall in good shape

November 8, 2007

De Soto City Hall is in much better shape than thought, and that could free up money to make it more of a community asset.

In a five-year capital improvement plan approved earlier this year, the De Soto City Council earmarked $500,000 for maintenance and improvements to City Hall. In doing so, council members expressed an interest of staying on top of any maintenance on the building.

To learn the condition of the building, the city contracted local consulting engineer Kurt Guntert to review the building's electrical and mechanical systems and John Krudwig to review the building's structural state.

It was learned City Hall and the Community Center were in good shape. Although repairs would be needed, they would cost only an estimated $184,000, City Administrator Pat Guilfoyle told the council last Thursday.

Moreover, city employees could do much of the work required, Guilfoyle said.

The estimates would leave $315,000, which could be used to refurnish unused space in the City Hall/Community Center complex, add amenities, used for another CIP project or left unspent, Guilfoyle said.

The council agreed to the city administrator's suggestion to appoint a committee to explore improvement options. Appointed to serve on the committee were council members Tim Maniez and Mitra Templin, Guilfoyle, city codes inspector Steve Chick, city parks and recreation director Jay Garvin, De Soto Multi-Service Center director Jodi Hitchcock and De Soto Senior Center administrator Maxine Klamm.

Among the estimated $90,000 improvements the city will do this year are window replacements in the senior center, ADA ramp replacement at the senior center and gym, replacement of the heating and air conditioning units in the senior center, lighting improvements in the senior center, boiler radiator control upgrades, exterior tuck pointing and building lock and security upgrades.

With one exception, the council approved those improvements last Thursday (including the senior center HVAC replacement Guilfoyle approved to keep the center open). The council asked that references of the two bidders to replace the glass in the senior center be checked before that contract was awarded.

In other business, the council: approved a 10-year tax abatement for the EngineeeredAir expansion. The abatement will is for 100 percent the first three years and 50 percent of the remaining years.

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