At last Thursday’s City Council planning meeting, Robert Mitchell of Mitchell Associates Architects presented his initial plan for doing a needs assessment of city-run buildings. With the help of city staff, Mitchell developed a $98,500, seven-week proposal titled the facilities master plan. His plan focused on seven major buildings in the city, including the likes of: City Hall, the police headquarters, the fire department and more.
Councilwoman Karen Mejia suggested in order for it to be a correct master plan, all city- run properties should be focused on. Mejia explained the wastewater treatment plant, and the courthouse on Broadway should be focused upon. Mitchell redesigned his plan to include all properties. The plan’s cost changed to $107,400.00.
At Monday’s City Council meeting, the plan was brought up in a resolution to authorize the City Manager to accept a proposal and execute an agreement with Mitchell Associates Architects.The resolution was passed unanimously by the city council.
The $107,400 plan would amend Resolution No. 364-2018, the 2019 city budget to transfer funds from health insurance to executive office-consultant services.
Harvey mentioned the instability of the buildings was an issue of public trust that needed
to be addressed. Harvey raised concerns about the conditions of buildings that housed the
likes of law enforcement and more.
City Manager Joe Dounat commented, “it’s certainly a step in the right direction. For far too long this can has been kicked in the wrong direction.” Dounat finished, “this facilities plan will give us a very clear road map of the course that lies ahead.”
Note: This story was originally published on September 11th, 2019. Due to it being wrongly reported that the facilities plan was tabled, the story was corrected and republished.