During a Cherokee City Council meeting on Tuesday, Mick Mallory, council member, suggested a $200,000 bond issue for the highest priority community center projects while Dwight Varce, council member, suggested a bond of no more than $125,000.
The council ended up deciding to go to bid on projects before deciding on how much to bond for.
The council had indicated at a previous meeting that a new roof at the community center was a high priority. The estimated cost of a roof is a rough estimate with a wide price range, between $25,000 and $35,000 for a rubber roof.
Mallory had indicated that the bond should also include heating and air conditioning, electrical work, general lighting and whatever was legally required as far as the fire alarm system.
Mallory figured that according to available estimates, the $200,000 bond would allow the city to retain some funds in the building and grounds fund to start on lower priority projects such as windows, carpeting, stage lighting and a sound system at a later date.
Varce indicated agreement with the top priority items but stated that a lower amount would accomplish this, not necessarily keeping a reserve amount for lower priority projects at a later date.
Bids will be sought with each project as separate line items or separate items from various contractors.
Mallory noted that the city has already spent $26,000 on design fees and the city has a grant for $10,000 that will be forfeited unless the city proceeds with the heating and air conditioning project.
Duane Mummert, parks superintendent, said that prices escalate when construction is delayed.
"It's too nice of a building to let fall apart,' Mummert said,
Jim Peck said that the community center has been allowed to go too long without major repairs already.