City approves library renovation change orders

The Vermillion City Council approved two change orders for the ongoing expansion and renovation of the library at its regular meeting Monday.

After the approval of the two items, the Vermillion Public Library will now have a different color of carpet in the Young Adult Room, and tile will be added around the library's fireplace.

"The library board discussed this," said City Manager John Prescott. "These are items that are largely cosmetic in nature. They will enhance the atmosphere, but they're not structural-type items."

As a result, the library board has agreed to pay for the items out of its fines and gifts account. Prescott said that account consists of money the board collects "from different sources. It's not necessarily money that comes from the city."

Change Order #2 concerns the carpet, which Prescott said will be in a "more distinctive style," and was developed at a net cost of $782, plus the architect's eight-percent fee. Approximately 692 square feet will be covered by this carpet, Prescott said. Change Order #4 will result in a net bid price increase of $675, plus the architect's eight-percent fee.

Prescott said the original bid proposal did not include tile around the fireplace. He added that Change #3 was not discussed Monday because it has not yet been finalized by the library board.

Overall, the project is "moving along well," Prescott said. "We're just over 25 percent complete at this time, with completion point for April 1, 2013."Prescott also wanted to be sure library patrons were made aware that the west door of the building is now closed.

"The construction crew is working around what will be the new west entrance," he said. "We anticipate that will take about six to eight weeks, and we're about a week into that." The south entrance of the library is now open, and can be accessed directly from the parking lot. The council members also approved a resolution authorizing application for a grant that would go toward the renovation of new restroom facilities at Prentis Park baseball field.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund State Assistance Program has a grant available that could assist in the renovation by covering 50 percent of the project's expenses. In order to receive the grant, a local match of 50 percent is required, placing the total cost at $100,000. The city's match of $50,000 is included in the proposed budget for 2013 for second-penny sales tax.

"The renovation of Prentis is about done – we've got irrigation, the fencing, the bleachers, the steel poles and the lights," said Parks & Recreation Director Dave Nelson. . "We've renovated the whole place, and we're left now with the bathrooms."

The current facilities are used by multiple teams throughout the year, including the Vermillion Red Sox, the Vermillion Gray Sox, the Legion, the Teeners, the Vermillion High School team and the University of South Dakota team.

"I think these have been there … more than 50 years," Nelson said. Nelson added that the new bathrooms probably will be constructed where the old ones currently stand. "We'll probably have staff and some local contractors do the pad and the utilities," he said. "The plan right now is to bring in a set of concrete bathrooms that are pre-built. It's more reasonable. But, they're pretty much vandal-proof, and they'll last the city a long time."

The resolution was met with unanimous approval from the council members.

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