Town Council approves changes to Municipal Center I plans

Gilbert Municipal Center I, Gilbert Town Council
The Gilbert Municipal Center I building is where town council meets. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Gilbert Municipal Center I building is where town council meets. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Gilbert Town Council approved at its Dec. 5 meeting $175,000 worth of changes to the renovations at Municipal Center I, home to council chambers and some offices.

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.
By Tom Blodgett

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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