BY SARAH GREGORY
Plans to renovate the Greeneville Fire Department's Fire Station #2 on the Asheville Highway and replace the roof at the Community Center currently being used by the Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County moved forward Tuesday.
The Greeneville Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted during their meeting Tuesday afternoon to accept a bid for architectural services for the fire hall and a bid to replace the Community Center roof.
The Community Center is located on West Church Street next to the Greene County Health Department.
FIRE HALL RENOVATION?
Aldermen voted unanimously, with the exception of Buddy Hawk, who was not present, to accept a bid from local architect Dave Wright for drawings, estimated costs, and plans to renovate the Asheville Highway fire station.
Renovation of the fire hall was identified as a priority on the Town's capital projects list during the budget development process for fiscal year 2014. However, the cost of such a project has not been estimated based on any actual plans.
"This is kind of a way for us to go in and get an idea of the cost this is going to be," said Fire Chief Mark Foulks.
Wright's services, Foulks said, will cost approximately $24,000. Funds for the services will come from the Town's capital budget, City Administrator Todd Smith said.
"We felt very comfortable working with Dave," Foulks said, adding that Wright has already completed some conceptual plans.
Renovations at the fire hall would relocate the fire trucks and apparatus from the upper level to a lower level.
The upper level would be transformed into a finished area for firefighters' living space.
Action by the board Tuesday does not give the project a green light -- it simply allows architectural services to take place.
After plans and designs are drawn and cost estimates are completed, the board would have to decide whether to authorize the project.
Even if the Town does not have sufficient funds to begin the renovation now, Alderman Darrell Bryan pointed out, Tuesday's action would give the town plans to use in the future.
Aldermen did approve a bid to place a new roof on the Community Center, which is currently in use by the Boys & Girls Club.
Replacement of the center's roof, which is at least 40 years old, was also identified as a priority among the Town's capital projects for fiscal year 2014 during the budget development process.
With little discussion, the board voted to approve a $41,940 bid for a roof with a 20-year warranty.