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.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.