Killeen council chambers

A rendering of a Killeen City Council Chambers redesign is seen. The new chambers would include an overhauled dais, seating area and video technology room, and would include space for workshops and meetings.

The city of Killeen received four outside bids for an ambitious redesign of Killeen City Council chambers that will upgrade video and audio technology, and bring meetings and workshops into a single location.

According to the city’s bid tabulation form online, the city received four bids for the project:

Lorena-based Mitchell Construction, with a base bid of $289,500.

Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey-based AST Construction, with a base bid of $492,222.

Killeen-based FCO Construction, with a base bid of $303,472.

Irving, New York-based Seneca Construction, with a base bid of $583,787.

The city also offered bidders five alternate proposals for additional work on the project.

On April 26, the city posted bid applications online for the project, which the council budgeted a total of $496,028 in the fiscal year 2018 budget. Of that total, $300,000 will come from Public, Educational or Governmental funds, which are paid by cable providers as a requirement for their state franchise.

The city’s plans for the chambers include accommodations for meetings, workshops and executive sessions at the current facility at City Hall. The redesign would also include new electrical wiring, HVAC, sound, lighting, and cosmetic improvements to include carpet, upholstery, paint and window shades.

The current council chambers were constructed in 1995, according to the city, and have had no significant improvements since construction.

In September 2016, the city commissioned an engineering study that found the City Hall building needed $1.87 million in repairs to be completely usable. City Hall, which was formerly an elementary school, was built in 1923.

Following the report, the city floated a number of possibilities for the building, including moving City Hall functions wholesale to the Killeen Arts and Activities Center at 801 N. Fourth St.

In the meantime, the city moved personnel and records from the third floor of City Hall, which is directly above the council chambers.

After bids are evaluated, a contract will be brought before the council for discussion and possible approval at a later date.

kyleb@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7567

(3) comments

JKD401

Here we go again. The council is entertaining bids for renovation of something that's not needed, Sorta like that bridge to nowhere someone built up in Alaska.

The Council could hold it's meetings at the the Community center. They could hold it at any number of Schools within this City, invite our young adults to show them how a City Government works (In this case not works).

This was taken from several other article within the paper.

Another year and another hot summer without a public pool in west Killeen.
This summer marks three years the Pershing Park Pool at 1105 Bonnie Drive has been closed for repairs, leaving the city of Killeen with two public pools and a splash pad to cater to its more than 140,000 residents. (But Yet they want to renovate). This is a perfect example of self serving.

Killeen revenue shortage raises specter of more cuts
When the Killeen City Council passed a balanced annual budget in September 2017, it capped a new era of relative stability in the city’s finances.
The budget also set the defining tone on Killeen City Manager Ron Olson’s tenure: The city would not rely on reserve funds to pay for a deficit budget and — most importantly — hard cuts would be made when necessary.
However, Olson told the council last year, the balanced spending plan in 2017 relied on a number of short-term solutions and cuts that would likely not be replicable if general fund revenues continued to flag into the future.

Again I ask why is this being allowed to happen, when so much is wrong with our City, Roads, Sidewalks, Street Lights. (It really is time to drain the swamp)

JKD401

Quote from a prior article.
Another year and another hot summer without a public pool in west Killeen.
This summer marks three years the Pershing Park Pool at 1105 Bonnie Drive has been closed for repairs, leaving the city of Killeen with two public pools.

Yet the council is entertaining bids to renovate the Swamp nest. Perfect example of self serving. Why can't the council use the community center for their meetings or any number of the schools within Killeen. Hell they could rotate the meetings between schools use their meeting to educate our young people on Governing (Or how not to Govern).

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.

First let me say that with the deletion or absence of my printed word concerning 'Killeen accepting bids for council chambers', I believe they have now gone to the depths of 'going against this nations 1st Amendment by refusing to print the rebuttal of @dailymajor'.

Copy: 'The First Amendment to the United States Constitution prevents Congress from making any law respecting an establishment of religion, prohibiting the free exercise of religion, or abridging the freedom of speech, the freedom of the press, the right to peaceably assemble, or to petition for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights.' End of copy.

In that refusal, 'this newspaper abridged my First Amendment Right to free speech'.

Now, This city has received 4 bids that range from a low bid of $289,500 dollars to a high bid of $583,787 dollars and with this bid the the city also offered bidders five alternate proposals for additional work on the project.

Now is it 5 alternate proposals for additional work or is it 5 additional proposals that each company can do the work but on a different projected method to accomplish the project work. This should be clarified before it goes to the city council.

As I've said before, I consider this a waste of money as this structure is not worthy of rebuilding and wasting more of the citizens money, 'that is short supply'. So why are we, this city management group trying to push for nearly a half million dollars on a building so old, built in 1923 as a school.

Again, as this is an old building, I think that before we start handing out contracts for projects, we should place it before the voting public. This can be accomplished in a number of ways and one way is for the city council, only the 1st 4 districts would be included, to place the vote of each registered voter as to whether or not the chamber should receive a face-lift with each of the 4 district given a for or against vote. This vote should be taken 'before' the item comes up for a vote. If the public is 'for' the refurbishment of these chambers then it becomes a matter of 'who has the best idea for the least money'.

This city should be more aware of 'what is the concept of what this should put forward as the best method of creating a city'. Let the people decide 'what in the best avenue to accomplish what is capable for the amount of money that is available.

This has been the personal opinion of this writer and nothing shall be used, in context or without or changed in any way without first notifying, and receiving explicit approval from this writer.
One of the 4.42 % who voted.

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