The money represents additional money needed for three change orders to contracts for the renovations.
Those changes had been part of the council’s consent agenda, but were pulled at the request of Council Member Jared Taylor, who expressed an objection to the additional expenditures.
However, Mayor Jenn Daniels said the intent is to renovate Municipal Center I to keep it functional into the future rather than build a new municipal building, as once had been planned.
The changes passed on a 5-2 vote with Taylor and Council Member Aimee Yentes dissenting.
A similar vote occurred on another item pulled from the consent agenda, one authorizing a contract not to exceed $400,000 for upgrades to sidewalks, ramps, driveways and pedestrian push buttons on Gilbert Road from Olive Avenue south to Water Tank Road to make them comply with minimum Americans with Disabilities Act standards.
Taylor said he was glad the town would be compliant with the ADA but was concerned by the costs.
Cook voted water association president
In a presentation on the 50th anniversary of the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, Executive Director Warren Tenney noted that Gilbert Vice Mayor Eddie Cook, the town’s representative on AMWUA’s board of directors, was voted president of the board.
AMWUA was formed in 1969 for cities and towns to coordinate on water-related issues and planning.