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Council hesitant in approving bill payment for center

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The new Staunton Community Center is scheduled to be ready for use in April. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
STAUNTON -- Despite some trepidation, members of the Staunton Town Council gave the OK to pay the first bill for its new community center.

On Monday, the council voted 2-1 in favor of paying $53,348.39 to MSI Construction, based in Clinton.

The construction company has been working on the community center, which will sit next to where the town's current clerk/treasurer office sits.

However, council members were visibly disappointed with the speed of the work.

Council President Andy Kirchner voted against paying the first bill, stating construction was not moving forward as fast as anticipated.

It was believed the center could be up and running by late February or March. However, during Monday's meeting, a schedule provided by MSI Construction revealed the center could be ready by April.

However, Sanders Associates, Inc., representative Dan Sanders informed the council he believed the current schedule, which he had just received, was compliant.

"I don't see any problems with this," Sanders told the council.

The council also discussed a few change order items regarding the community center with Sanders Monday, including placing motion censor lights on the outside of the building, among other items.

Meanwhile, council member Brad Webster told the board he had recently began studying various other community centers in the surrounding area hoping to come up with a concrete set of rules for the Staunton center.

As a result, Webster provided the council with a two-page document Monday evening, which the council agreed to take under advisement.

The document is not completed yet, however, as the council discussed Monday the possibility of allowing alcohol on the premises when renting it to citizens.

The council agreed to look further into the question and stated modifications would be made to the document.

In other business, the council:

* Voted unanimously to pay Sanders $6,000.32, as first payment for drawing up plans for the community center,

* Voted to retain Kirchner as Town Council President,

* Learned from Town Marshal Chuck Jones the recent dog complaint he had received had been taken care of, and

* Learned there was a minor problem with the sewage line at the water treatment plant.

The council meets regularly on the second Monday of each month. Its next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Feb. 8.

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