2020 Bond Proposal Information
Our city’s infrastructure needs your help. Not only is it aging; in some places it’s quite literally falling apart. Roads are in desperate need of resurfacing. City buildings are structurally deficient and do not comply with current building codes. And the city’s storm water systems are increasingly overwhelmed during major storms, causing costly erosion and damage to private property. In some instances, the maintenance costs have gotten so high that paying for patchwork fixes no longer makes sense. We need a better plan.
The City Council has spent the last two years taking a deep dive into our infrastructure needs, focusing on three areas: roads, drainage and city facilities. We have tasked our engineering firm, K. Friese and Assoc., with compiling a list of the city’s most compelling road and drainage needs. And we have hired two architectural firms to study city facilities.
At our last meeting, the council approved a $20 million Capital Improvement Project list we plan to put before voters in May, 2020. This list includes roughly $8.7 million for five road and drainage projects and $10.7 million for a new municipal building that will house the Police Department, Municipal Court and Administrative Offices on our current site.
The road and drainage projects are an outgrowth of a 2017 citywide drainage study that highlighted top areas that posed risks to public safety, damage to infrastructure and frequent recurring maintenance costs. A similar study of our roads was done in 2018, and our engineering firm developed a multi-year plan taking into account roadway conditions and vehicular traffic volumes. The proposed new two-story municipal complex is the result of two architectural studies that examined the state of our current buildings with respect to condition, functionality, and compliance with state building codes and state and national ADA regulations. Both buildings - especially the Police Department - are in such a state of disrepair that fixing them does not make long term economic sense. Renovating the existing buildings will require that each be brought into complete compliance with all codes and yet we would still be left with buildings that are not designed for current use and are insufficient for current and future needs.
All of the projects can be viewed on a special page on our website devoted to the bond proposal. The page includes proposed improvements for each drainage and road project; architectural renderings of the proposed new municipal complex; detailed cost projections; Studio 8’s initial facilities assessment; projected bond costs prepared by city bond counsel and the city’s multi-year road and drainage maintenance plan which is funded out of annual operating expenses.
Braun & Butler is a construction firm hired by our architects, Brinkley, Sargent, Wiginton, to develop an independent cost estimate of the proposed municipal complex. Our architects gave the firm a program with square footage, site plan, grading plan and initial renderings. The following pages in the Braun & Butler estimate is the format/method the firm uses for vetting a project’s costs.