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Treasure Island City Hall gets one bid

TREASURE ISLAND — The aging City Hall is heading toward a makeover.

City commissioners have approved a repair project for the building, which was constructed in the mid 1950s. One lone bidder submitted a $115,397 proposal.

Repairs will include improving the accessibility of the building for the disabled by installing an automatic door opener and a renovated ramp, repairing the roof and trim, replacing storefront doors and painting the exterior.

This will be the first major structural overhaul of City Hall. "We've had repairs along the way but nothing really major," said Cathy Hayduke, parks and recreation director.

Last year, through an energy efficiency grant, most of the building's windows were replaced along with the lighting fixtures, and a wood floor was installed in the auditorium, Hayduke said.

About $30,000 has been budgeted for City Hall repairs but another $60,000 remaining from Isle of Capri seawall construction funds can be used, she said. Other unbudgeted money added to the mix should provide the rest of the money, city officials said.

Hennessy Construction was the bidder on the project, which originally included repairs to Treasure Bay, the city's golf and tennis facility. Those repairs, which include window and door repair as well as painting, were estimated to cost around $84,000.

But commissioners said they wanted to delay the Treasure Bay repairs until the next fiscal year and reopen the bidding process on the City Hall upgrade.

"You'd like to have a few more bids to compare," Hayduke said. Maybe in rebidding, the cost will drop, she said.

While discussing several options for more downtown parking recently, commissioners considered demolishing City Hall and putting a parking structure on the site. The option called for a city building to be built elsewhere.

But the idea was initially rejected. Mayor Robert Minning said even if the site would be reconsidered for parking in the future, that would be years away.

"We don't have years to wait," he said. "These are essential repairs that will make the building still function."

The 108th Avenue building gets more daily use than Treasure Bay and many other city facilities, Minning said.

Hayduke hopes to see construction start in six months and be completed by the end of the year.

Treasure Island City Hall gets one bid 02/18/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:44pm]
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