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City of New London takes hard look at repairs for ‘new’ community hall

By Karyn Spory, Mt. Pleasant News | Jan 10, 2018
Photo by: Karyn Spory Zach James, a representative from Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission, met with members of the New London City Council to explain how TIF districts work.

NEW LONDON — Members of the New London City Council were questioning Tuesday night how much to spend on renovating the city’s new community hall.

The agenda for Tuesday, Jan. 9, had two items dealing with updates to the new community center, located at 103 W. Washington St. The community hall was purchased last year as the city’s current community hall is in disarray.

The new building, however, needs its fair share of work.

The first agenda item included a quote for a new furnace/AC in both the city office and new community hall. The quote, from C & M, was for $8,782.

The board approved the quote unanimously. City Clerk Kasi Howard added the city had budgeted $10,000 for the heating and air conditioning project for just City Offices.

Council member Kirk Miller said walking through the building, there are noticeable repairs needed. In previous city council meetings, a new front door, totaling $2,500 had been approved and installing a drop ceiling had also been approved.

Miller said the walls in the new community center have holes everywhere and need to be replaced. The insulation and wiring also need to be updated.

Before the council members could discuss quotes for the project, council member Dan Berner said he would like to see a full budget for the project. Berner added that repairs have waited this long on the building, he didn’t see why they couldn’t wait until March when the city sets it’s fiscal budget. City Council members, including the two new members — Brad Helmerson and Scott Campbell — toured the facility after the meeting. The item was tabled.

In other construction related business, the council approved a contract with Williams Excavation for replacing the storm sewer from the school’s football field to the intersection of E. Cleveland and S. Elm St.

In other business, the council:

Approved the removal of yard waste dumpsters for the winter. The council will discuss bringing the dumpsters back in March.

Approved the purchase of a Chevy Tahoe from Karl’s Cheverlet for the police department. Funds for the vehicle will come from the police department budget.

Approved a contract for attorney services with Lynch Dallas.

Approved a month-by-month contract with Alan Schillie as an affidavit operator for the wastewater treatment plant. Public Works Director Mike Phillips Jr. will be taking his certification test later this month.

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