The firm, Florida-based Architects Design Group, gave the council an estimate of $108,300 for the new plans and said it will take 13 to 16 weeks for the redesign.
The council will be able to start accepting bids for the project in December if the new design is approved. Jarrod Simmons, the city’s finance officer, said the cost to build the complex must be less than the $14.6 million the city has budgeted for the project.
The latest proposal includes a new police station, jail and City Hall, but no office space for the Water Works and Sewer Board. That will remain at the current city office space on Church Avenue, Mayor Johnny Smith said.
Councilman Mark Jones said without a utilities office in the new building, the city would save an estimated $513,000.
“In the long haul, it’s going to save us a lot. If we don’t, it’s going to cost us more,” he said.
Councilwoman Sandra Sudduth agreed.
“I’m in favor of keeping them separate, especially if it saves us money,” she said.
In other business, the council drafted a budget proposal which included a 3 percent raise for employees to cover increases in the cost of living, and increased equipment allowances for police officers. Those moves could generate more than $190,000 in benefits, Simmons said. The council is expected to consider formal approval of the budget on Sept. 30.
Simmons concluded the meeting by saying the city’s budget is above-target, even with the purchase of a new fire truck, police radios and equipment for the landfill.
“We’ll have about $250,000 more in revenue than we expected,” he said.