The town has moved its monthly meeting from the second Monday in March to Tuesday, March 10, to coincide with a public hearing for town residents to express views on the town's proposed Community Center project.
For two years, the town council has attempted to attain an Indiana Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in order to secure funds for the center.
Last year, Staunton was turned down for the grant.
However, the town is preparing to turn in another grant proposal soon.
In fact, grant writer Shannon McLeod of Priority Project Resources intends to have a grant proposal ready to send to the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs a few days following the March meeting.
Since being turned down for a grant last year, the town council has worked diligently to change its current proposal.
Council member Ed Nevins told The Brazil Times the original grant proposal was close to $750,000.
However, the current proposal calls for $406,900.
"From the time we started (the process), until we cut this down, the federal government had made a law of a building code if you had more than a set number of people (in the building), you had to have a sprinkler system," Nevins said. "That was going to raise the price."
Nevins said a sprinkler system for the center would cost an additional $80,000.
"We decided we couldn't afford that," he said.
Nevins added the size of the building has changed significantly, adding further to the reduction in cost.
"The biggest thing was the size of the building and some of the material," Nevins said. "The types of material we were going to use."
Current plans call for the building to be composed of brick, which Nevins said could be purchased locally, something the council stressed it wanted to do.
One other item Nevins said town residents seemed interested in was the actual front of the building.
At the town's February meeting, Sanders Associates, Inc., representative Dan Sanders met with the board, providing it with a revised floor plan of the center.
Sanders Associates, Inc., based in Terre Haute, is currently drawing up blue prints for the project.
One plan Sanders offered at the February meeting was constructing the front of the building to look like the old Staunton High School.
"We didn't plan it," Nevins said. "(Sanders) just put that in there. People kind of liked the idea."
Nevins added residents he has spoke with have said they were in favor of the community center.
He said construction plans for the project have to be turned in to the state along with the grant proposal. However, construction plans may be modified, but the cost of the project may not.
The proposed community center will be located at 101 N. Monroe St., Staunton.
The Tuesday, March 10, council meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.