STAUNTON -- Hopefully, by Monday, a decision will be made.
On Thursday, the Staunton Town Council opened nine bids for the construction of its proposed community center.
"I was hoping for a little lower," council president Andy Kirchner said. "But after we get the numbers looked at, it may be better than I think.
"We're in good shape."
Town officials had scheduled the pre-bid hearing for Aug. 31. At the hearing, construction plans were available for contractors to take a look at.
The town began accepting bids for the center on Aug. 31, and accepted them until 2 p.m., Thursday.
Funding for the project came from the Indiana Office of Housing and Rural Affairs through a grant from the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Priority Project Resources constructed a grant proposal earlier this year for the project. The town had worked on attaining an Indiana Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for two years in order to secure funds for the center.
The original grant proposal was close to $750,000 but was scaled back to $406,900.
In July, the town secured grant money for the project.
On Thursday, the lowest bid the council received came from MSI Construction, based in Clinton, at an estimated $427,600.
Only one other bid, Akers Construction Services, Crawfordsville, came below $460,000. The company offered a bid of $454,800.
Other bids came from CDI, Terre Haute ($487,000), CPM, Indianapolis ($468,887), Davis and Associates, Indianapolis (509,325), Innovative Construction, Greenwood ($597,300), Quantum, Indianapolis ($673,900), Earl C. Rodgers, West Terre Haute ($508,300), and Senco, Robinson, Ill. ($527,523).
The council has been working with Sanders Associates Inc., Terre Haute, the company which designed the 3,800-square foot center.
Sanders Associates, Inc., representative Dan Sanders told the council Thursday he would crunch all the numbers from the nine bids before making a recommendation.
He hoped to have the recommendation by Monday and added he believed the town was still on track for a tentative groundbreaking ceremony for the center sometime in October.
Plans call for the center to include a blue and gold color scheme for parts of the interior of the building. Blue and gold were the school colors of Staunton High School.
The gathering room will have a 40-person capacity, which can be opened to a larger hall with a fireplace providing a combined capacity for 180 people for community events and meetings.
The meeting areas will be supported by a serving kitchen, storage and restroom facilities. In addition, the town clerk's office will be housed in the center.
A cookout area on the center's south patio with exterior fireplace and outdoor barbecue grill will also be featured.
Town officials have stated that more than 50 percent of the building materials will be used from sources within the Wabash Valley.