Greg Kooker, project engineer for Cannon Moss, Brygger & Associates, architects, returned again to the Cherokee City Council this week, but council members were still not ready to make a decision on what the scope of the project will be or how to pay for it.
Costs for heating, air conditioning, lighting and other electrical work, roofing, windows and outside work, including cement and masonry work could cost up to $400,000.
There is some grant money available, including $10,000 awarded specifically for heating and air conditioning. There is about $52,000 available in the building fund but the city currently does not have a funding source for a project of this scope. Bonding has been mentioned as a possible funding source. The city's hotel/motel tax generates over $60,000 a year but with the amount distributed by entities other than the city and the amount committed to the aquatic center, the city has only about $10,000 a year for discretionary spending from this source.
"These figures are staggering and we knew it would be because the community center has not been kept up," Dwight Varce, council member, said.
Kooker was asked to find ways to trim down the costs for the project. The matter will be discussed at a subsequent meeting.
The council approved a bid of $13,330 for demolition of residential buildings on two properties - 343 East Cedar and 312 West Locust. The lower of two bids received was from Schoon Construction.
The payment will come from the emergency set aside fund.
The city had sought bids for a garage on the property at 343 East Cedar but did not receive any bids for the garage. One bid was submitted for the lot but only the garage had been advertised.
A letter will be sent to the person storing items in the garage to have them removed.
The owner of a property at 751 Hayward complained that the sewer has backed up. He said this has happened several times over the years after heavy rains.
A city worker will get back to him on the matter.