The Adairville city council voted this week to go ahead and proceed with plans for a new municipal building which will eventually replace both the existing fire hall and city hall.
The council held a special called meeting to discuss the project on Monday and ultimately voted to go forward with the plans for the new building.
An architect has been working with the city for several months and plans have already been drawn up. The project is estimated to cost around $400,000 and the city will be footing much of the bill out of several special accounts.
“We have had some funds in an ambulance and fire funds that have just been sitting there and drawing almost zero interest,” said mayor Donna Blake. “So we’re going to be putting that money toward the new building. And we might seek some alternative funds for it as well. We’re also using the net funds from the sale of the hosiery mill to help pay for it as well.”
The council decided to build the new municipal building on the property beside the existing fire hall. Once the building is finished, the old fire hall will be torn down.
“That building is just so bad, we have to do something,” Blake said. “We’ve got a brush truck that the Adairville Rural Fire Department bought that won’t fit in there. And when the two trucks we have are both in there, you have to wedge them in just to fit them.”
Letters have gone our seeking bids for the building and Blake is hopeful that construction can begin relatively soon.
But the whole project won’t all be completed at once.
“The first thing we’re going to do is just get the fire hall done,” Blake said. “Since we won’t have the funds to complete the city hall, we won’t finish that right away.”
Blake added that the shell of the city hall would be put up, but it would remain unfinished until the city secures the funds to do so.
“It’s a great thing for Adairville,” Blake said. “We wanted to wait for a CBDG (Community Block Development Grant) grant, but we’ve already applied for one for the sewer and water projects we need to do. It’s great that we can begin this without any additional grants, though.”