The council is also scheduled to vote on canceling its November City Council election because only three candidates have filed for the three open seats: incumbents Rick DeGolia, Bill Widmer and Mike Lempres.
The town has been scrambling since early June when the lowest of the only two bids the town received to construct the new civic center, at $56.4 million, was 40 percent higher than the town consultant's $40.5 million estimate. The town had prequalified five firms to bid, but three of them dropped out.
The City Council voted to reject both bids and to "value engineer" the project to reduce its cost. The town's goal is to have the design changes completed and approved by December so the project can be rebid, this time to any qualified firms that want to participate, in January.
If the timetable can be met, and a bid affordable to the town comes in, the project will be at least six months behind schedule.
Library savings options
Among the options that have been identified as possible ways to cut costs of the library are:
• Defer renovating the historic town hall (the current council chambers), which was to become a library community room. Possible savings: $1.8 million.
• Remove 1,610 square feet of adult reading and meeting space. Possible savings: $1.5 million.
• Delete outdoor gathering spaces including decks, shade garden, fencing, furnishings and plantings. Possible savings: $1 million.
• Reduce environmentally efficient features. Possible savings: $1.8 million, with increased annual operating costs.
• Downgrade energy efficiency of windows and access to indoor/ourdoor spaces. Possible savings: $900,000, with higher energy costs.
• Replace rammed earth wall. Possible savings: $900,000, with higher energy costs, less interior design flexibility.
Police/town offices options
Among the options for savings on the police headquarters and other town offices that are being studied are:
• Separate the town offices and police headquarters into two buildings so the town offices need not be built to the standards required of a public safety building, and allowing elimination of the lobby that joins the two. Possible savings: $1 million.
• Eliminate renovations and screening of the corporation yard. Possible savings: $840,000.
•Defer building new council chambers and emergency operations center and hold town meetings in Holbrook-Palmer Park buildings. Possible savings: $1.7 million.
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