Prestonville city hall is underway

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By Jeff Moore

The foundation is in place, and the walls started going up Monday on the new city hall and recreation center on New Castle Pike in Prestonville.

Mayor Vickie Burgin hopes to see the project completed in time for the city’s annual Halloween fall festival on Oct. 27.

She said it was clear last year that the event required a bigger space. “There was not a way to really do it,” she said, with the small city building located at the park.

With the bigger space in the new building, Burgin believes the city can build on the success from last year in planning for the upcoming festival.

The new structure is 80-feet by 40-feet, with 50 feet of the width of the building dedicated to the recreation center and the remaining 30-feet to the city hall, Burgin said.

In April, the city commission opted to pick and choose from dozens of bids awarding parts of the project to five contractors to limit the expense for the building. This totals $64,401 for the cleanup of the site, the metal building, electrical, plumbing, foundation work and site preparation. Earlier in the year, the commission purchased five acres of land for the building at a cost of $20,000.

The metal building was purchased from Renegade at a cost of $19,030.

Can Do Construction of Carrollton won the concrete bid for the foundation at $11,280, along with the $4,454 cost of cleaning up the site and removing concrete there from a former distillery that was located on the land. Roger’s Plumbing of Carrollton won the plumbing section of the job with a bid of $4,645, while Troxell Electric ofCarrollton will do the wiring with a bid of $7,492.

B&R Construction and Repair of Milton won the heating and cooling work on the project with a bid of $10,000. Burgin said this company may opt not to perform the job because its bid was part of a larger one for more of the work on the job. If so, the city will have to look for someone else to complete this work, she said.

The city also did not seek bids for the framing inside the building once all of this work is complete. Burgin said she expects this to come in at a few thousand dollars.

At the Sept. 10 city commission meeting, Burgin said an extra entrance ramp was added that was not in the original plans for the building. This allows handicapped access to both the recreation center and city hall, which will be divided by a wall down the middle with a door connecting the two areas.

Prestonville has received two grants to help with the construction of the building, as directed by the city commission at its April meeting.

Carroll County Fiscal Court has contributed $20,000 toward the project, Burgin said. Last week, she said the city received an additional $2,183 grant from the state.

As the project continues, Burgin said she is working to raise funds to cover the cost of the project.

At last week’s city commission meeting, Burgin said she has been working to purchase items for the recreation center at a savings. She said she has gotten some items through Craig’s List at great savings, compared to buying them new.

Burgin is planning for the upcoming Halloween fall festival at the new building. She said there will be a meeting on the event at 7 p.m. after the Oct. 8 city commission meeting.

Anyone who wants to volunteer is encouraged to attend, Burgin said. The discussion will be about the activities for the festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, which will include a free haunted house and inflatables.


The building

Plans for the new facility show that it will include room for city offices, storage, bathrooms and a kitchen for serving dinners. Burgin previously said the facility can serve as the city hall and as a place for community events, the community picnic and other programs held throughout the year.

It also will serve as a recreation center with games, such as a ping-pong table and pool table to provide activities for children in the city. Burgin also hopes to work with groups such as the 21st Century Lighthouse after school program and Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County for programs at the new facility.

To make these things happen, Burgin has said volunteers would need to step forward to help man the building.

She also envisions a movie night for families that could be held at the new city hall and recreation building.

Burgin said the city is seeking the donation of any air hockey and ping pong tables for the recreation center.

She asked that anyone wanting to contribute to the project send donations to the City of Prestonville, P.O. Box 306, Carrollton, KY 41008. Burgin can be contacted at (502) 525-1896 or by email at mayorvickieburgin@yahoo.com.