LAMPASAS — A number of capital improvement projects are nearing completion, including construction of the new Lampasas fire station and renovations to the Lampasas library, the City Council learned Monday.

City Manager Finley deGraffenried said the fire station is “getting very close to being finished.”

“There may be some issues to the base work, but the bottom line is, we’re going to have a very nice facility at a good cost to the city,” he said. “We expect another walk-through around (Monday) and we’re hoping to take possession in the next few weeks.”

Although the excavating contractor abandoned the fire station project, the project contractor, J Jacobs Construction of Georgetown, is in the process of hiring a replacement, and a driveway approach to the facility will soon be poured, deGraffenried said.

The city will save an additional $5,000 from projected costs, thanks to Atmos Energy waiving the expense for moving a gas line that needed to be lowered before the approach was poured.

“The staff would like to acknowledge the efforts of Randy Hartford of Atmos Energy for his assistance in relocating the gas line on Fourth Street,” deGraffenried said.

All library improvements, including finishings and furnishings, are expected to be finished by summer, deGraffenried said.

In other business, the council awarded a bid of $12,520 to W.T. Excavating of Kempner for the demolition of two city-owned buildings at 410 and 412 S. Western St., formerly a Goodwill store and a laundromat. The budget for the project is $20,000, deGraffenried said.

“There will be some abatement and Dumpster costs, which can be brought back before the council if there is a need for adjustment to the financing for the project.”

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