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Contractor approved for new library

By ANDREA FURLONG

The Williamsburg City Council moved forward with plans for the construction of the new Williamsburg Public Library at a meeting held April 12.

The council approved a base bid of $2.4 million from general contractor

Garling Construction, Belle Plaine, out of a list of 10 bidders. The bid was approximately $300,000 lower than projected by OPN Architects.

The council also approved to include five alternate bids, which will cost an additional estimated $322,000. These alternates will include finishing the library’s basement, which will include an elevator and meeting rooms; furnishing coverings for the south windows; adding a concrete surface for the main parking lot; finishing miscellaneous casework within the building; and installing a standing seam metal roof in place of asphalt shingles. Council members also discussed the possibility of later adding an $80,000 change order for a wood finish ceiling, if there are funds available as the project progresses. The council approved issuing approximately $2.5 million of general obligation urban renewal library bonds for the project.

OTHER BUSINESS

Public works director John Avery notified the council of excess surface water present at the Williamsburg Child Development Center. Avery said he would try to locate the source of the water by dye testing or running a camera line underground. Childcare W4C’s director Jennifer Lane said grading on the site and children’s playground equipment cannot be installed until the surface water has been drained.

The next meeting of the Williamsburg City Council is scheduled for Monday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m.

UPDATED April 21, 2010 11:54 AM

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