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Is addition to village hall coming soon?

by Steve Targo

May 22, 2014

BLOOMFIELD — Town and village officials still haven’t selected a company to build what is now being called the public safety addition to the town/village hall, N1100 Town Hall Road.

At a special meeting May 9, the village board took no action on awarding a bid and using impact fees to pay for the proposed addition, which has been discussed by boards since last summer.

In a May 14 interview, Village President Ken Monroe said the board is waiting for another bid to arrive.

But on May 9, the town board decided to go with whatever the village board decides.

In a May 15 email, Town Chairman Dan Schoonover said his board unanimously approved its motion “so that things could move forward sooner, rather than wait a month for our board to meet to approve anything after the village. We want to be sure to get this started so it is at least closed in before cold weather.”

The ball is now in the village board’s court.

“I’d like to have a bid awarded in the next 45 days,” Monroe said, adding that the plans will require state approval, “so, really, you’re looking at getting into it this fall.”

Last year, two bids came in for the project from Magill Construction, Elkhorn, and Canfield Custom Building, Waukesha.

Those companies revised their bids, said Monroe, but he would not provide the new numbers because another company is expected to submit a bid soon.

Monroe said Genoa City resident Chuck Schuren, of Wick Buildings, recently expressed an interest in bidding on the project.

Currently, officials are discussing a 2,400-square-foot addition to house police and fire chief offices.

They are also talking about using the space currently occupied by the police department as a spot for the utility and clerk-treasurer offices.

More about the addition proposal is in another story in this week’s Regional News.

The addition idea has been on-again/off-again since last summer. Around that time, Magill and Canfield submitted bids. Magill’s was $347,285.

Canfield’s was $301.947.

Officials had expected the project to come in around the $240,000 mark.

“At that time, we didn’t really know if we were going to go forward with this. … It was a shock when I had seen the price,” said Monroe in a Feb. 26 interview.

Between August and December 2013, the Public Works, Safety and Utility Committee directed Monroe and then Village Trustee Doug Mushel to meet with the builders.

The current bids, which haven’t been opened yet by the board, were the result of those meetings, said Monroe.

“In the original bids, they had down costs for permits,” Monroe said May 14, adding that they also figured in costs for a stormwater drainage plan and other items that wouldn’t cost the village anything. “So they revised their bids.”

How are the town and village going to pay for the addition?

Impact fees are expected to cover much of the project cost, and “the remainder will come out of general funds,” said Monroe.

He explained that, for every home built in Bloomfield, the builder pays $2,197 in impact fees. Of that, $908 goes toward park and open space; $773 to the fire department; and $516 to police.

The proposed addition is considered a police and fire project, so $1,289 of the total $2,197 from each house could be spent on the project.

Monroe said talks began recently about placing the fire chief’s office in the addition. As of May 14, the village has $260,584 in collected impact fees that can be used for police and fire projects.

In March, the village board approved the final plat and developer’s agreement for Lakewood Estates Condominiums, a proposed 18-home development on North Bloomfield Road, west of Highway 12.

Using the figures provided by Monroe, the total impact fees from Lakewood, as the proposal stands now, would be $39,546.

Of that, $23,202 of the Lakewood impact fees could go toward the proposed public safety addition.