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Architect selected for city hall renovation design

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Architect Michael Oney has been awarded the bid to draw up plans for the renovation of Delta City Hall.

The project grew from the need to replace the building's heating, air conditioning and ventilation system. Discussion soon expanded into the building's other needs -- improved energy efficiency, better use of space, handicap accessibility (including elevator), better security for municipal court and the possible consolidation of the police department. The goal is to maintain the historic qualities of the building.

A portion of the cost will be covered by a DOLA grant. The city put out a request for bids earlier this fall and six firms attended the mandatory walk-through. Of the three which actually submitted bids, Oney's was the lowest at $55,920. In addition, he has dealt with similar projects.

Councilmember Robert Jurca questioned whether the city has the funds to follow through on the project. Interim city manager Glen Black explained the city has already budgeted $350,000 for the HVAC alone, and will likely pursue additional grant funds. If nothing else, Black said, the architect will furnish construction documents that will provide a realistic estimate of the cost.

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