Crossville city officials recently toured the old Region's Bank building on Main St. to see the progress being made on the transformation of the facility into the new city hall.

Council members looked at a $24,640 list of change orders on the project, some required and others recommended by architects with Upland Design Group.

In a letter to the city council, Upland Design Group states that mandatory items that need to be repaired or addressed due to codes or condition include an elevator correction at $2,336; installation of fire dampers in existing ducts at $7,297; wrap of PVC piping in plenum spaces at $7,260; and modification of the hard tile mortar bed on the floor at $2,835.

Items recommended to be corrected or addressed include providing conduit for future photovoltaics for solar at $2,089.50; replacing cores in some locksets at $1,158.13; change casework on east side of room 212 to wood at $1,934.20; and patching chipped exterior precast panels at $6,903.75.

The letter was prepared by Derrick Clemow of Upland Design Group.

Sally Ogelsby said the city could apply for grant funding in the spring for the solar project.

"Some of these items I don't agree with or support and we will talk about them," said council member Danny Wyatt. "I think we could save some money by addressing some of these ourselves."

Council members and other city officials, including city manager Bruce Wyatt, took a guided tour through all four floors of the facility.

Rodgers Spencer of Upland Design Group and Oglesby guided the tour.

"It's a big building and we are going to greatly improve our ability to serve more of the public under one roof. It's going to be nice when it's complete," Boyd Wyatt said.

Oglesby said the goal of the city is to be in the new facility by mid to late October.

"We hope to have the November council meeting in the new building," Oglesby said.

Mid-State Construction of Livingston was the low bidder on the project at $1.6 million with the provision it hold the price on a photovoltaic solar power system while the city investigates grant funding.

The required and recommended items in the letter, when totaled, "exceed the remaining contingency allowance balance," the letter states.

The changes also add 15 days to the completion time.

The city council was scheduled to discuss the contract revision considerations and recommendations during two meetings on Tuesday.

Crossville Mayor J.H. Graham III did not attend the tour because he was out of town.

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