Havelock commissioners unanimously voted Monday night to award a $1.8 million contract to build a new city hall.
Marand Builders, Inc. will get the contract contingent on approval of financing by the Local Government Commission.
The Charlotte-based company was one of 11 bidders for the project at an Aug. 13 opening for the project to replace the city’s current 70-year-old city hall. The company’s base bid was $1.66 million, but with six additional alternate jobs, the price comes to $1.86 million. The additional costs include $59,224 to demolish the old city hall, $43,215 for sunshades, $53,031 for connecting canopy and columns, $5,166 for wall laminate, $9,054 for dual fuel system and controls and $34,084 for a new generator.
“That is within the budget,” Finance Director Lee Tillman said in presenting the recommendation to hire the company.
The 9,295 square-foot building was designed by Oakley Collier Architects of Rocky Mount.
It will include room for most of the department heads in the city as well as a commissioners meeting room/courtroom facility. Plans are for the new building to be built on the general footprint of the existing building.
Havelock is receiving a $1.7 million loan and a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development to pay for construction.
In other business Monday night, the board:
-- scheduled a public hearing on interim financing for the City Hall Project for 7 p.m. on Sept. 23.
-- scheduled a public hearing on a proposed text amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance regarding communication towers and wind energy facilities for Sept. 23.
-- decided against the placement of no parking signs on the service road in front of Premier Martial Arts due to improvements in parking issues in front of the business.
-- declined to take $14,664 out of the city’s reserve fund to pay for new lights on an old fire engine. Instead, the board asked Fire Chief Rick Zaccardelli to take the money out of department funds.
-- heard from Havelock Parks and Recreation director Dave Smith that repairs to fix the roof of the Senior Center will cost $64,308. Commissioners took no action.
-- appointed James Luksza to a vacant seat on the Havelock Appearance Commission.