The city’s existing maintenance facility, which was built in 1976, is slated for an upgrade. The $20.1 million project is being funded through certificates of obligation bonds and utility revenue bonds, according to city documents.
Public Services Director Keith Marvin told the council that the cost of steel has tripled in recent months. Consultants advised the city to secure the materials early before the rest of the project goes out for bid to save money, he said.
A bid package for steel was posted in early May. Council voted June 21 to approve a guaranteed maximum price of $816,503 for steel fabrication and delivery for the new facility. Council is expected to vote in September on a full construction contract for the project.
The city’s old animal shelter building on Treatment Plant Road will be demolished to make room for the new facility, documents state.
Construction is expected to start in the fourth quarter of 2021. City staffers are tentatively set to move into the new building by the end of 2022.