LAMPASAS — City leaders on Monday took another step forward with plans to build new City Council chambers by agreeing to pay $36,000 to JNW Architects LLC of Lampasas to design the new facility.

The city budgeted $275,000 for the project. City Manager Finley deGraffenried said they won’t know if that’s a good number until they go out for bids, but the city’s goal is to build an ADA-compliant facility the council, civic boards, committees and community groups will want to use.

“As part of our capital improvement and public facilities program, one of the needs they identified was a new council chamber,” deGraffenried said.

Jennifer Walker with JNW Architects gave a presentation to the council during the workshop session. DeGraffenried said she’s done a good job on the library expansion project and city officials are proud to use a local design firm.

No timelines were discussed as to when the initial designs will be brought back for council review; however, deGraffenried said the city will continue to review contract documents for the project.

The council also gave Robert Guptill the final green light to build a wind generation unit on his property—a process that has taken more than two years to complete.

The council unanimously approved Guptill’s request for a specific use permit, allowing him to build the 43-foot structure.

The unit’s excessive height was the reason Guptill had not yet received final approval, according to city officials.

The item traveled numerous times through the City Council and Planning & Zoning Commission and eventually resulted in an amendment to an ordinance that limited structures in the city limits to no more than 35 feet.

“From this point, it will probably take only two to three weeks to complete,” Guptill said.

Other action

In other business, the council approved a bid of $129,728 from M&C Fonseca Construction for a street drainage improvement project; $72,560 to Taylor Armature Works doing business as Tomecek Electric for the purchases and installation of two wastewater plant mixer motors and variable frequency drives; $119,800 to NG Painting for the Phase II bid for Spring Street pumping station improvements; and $43,175 to Eckermann Engineering for the engineering survey and design of infrastructure improvements on East Fifth Street from Pecan Street to Key Avenue.

The council also awarded a $457,583 bid to Qro-Mex Construction Co. to complete work on the Hoffpauir Addition wastewater extension project.

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