The Cherokee City Council voted on Tuesday to seek bids on roof replacement, heating and air conditioning and windows for the community center. The heating and air conditioning project includes electrical system updates needed to proceed with the project.
The city has some funds available through hotel/motel tax revenue, the parks and rec capital improvement fund, emergency set aside and other sources but not enough to pay the entire anticipated cost.
"We're going to have to bond for the project. There's no doubt about that," Mayor Dennis Henrich said.
The council will not seek bids on one of the proposals that were submitted by an architect. The architect submitted a proposal for stage lighting that would cost an estimated $60,000.
Wayne Morris, who has done technical work for the Cherokee Community Theatre and other organizations, told the council that the proposed system would be far too complicated for an untrained person to operate.
"A less expensive system would actually be better for the community center," Morris said.
The city has demolished three houses that were public nuisances and acquired by the city. The city had tried to sell the properties before the demolition in order to save the city the demolition cost but that effort was unsuccessful.
The council authorized going to bid for sale of the now vacant lots.
There are now two others on the list of public nuisance houses that the city would like to demolish but the city does not have the funds for the demolition nor does the city currently have title to the properties.
Mick Mallory suggested that construction firms be contacted to see whether the demolition work could be done at cost during the slow season.
It was noted that right now, local construction companies have more work available than they can handle.
The council tabled action on approving a safety manual for city workers until more input can be given.
The council approved the second presentation of a landscape/screening ordinance.