- Associated Press - Sunday, September 21, 2014

HAMPTON, Neb. (AP) - Voters in the small Nebraska town of Hampton approved spending $750,000 on a new city hall, but officials have learned the project might cost more than that.

The Grand Island Independent reports (https://bit.ly/XGEiDM ) Hampton officials are reconsidering their options after their initial request drew only one bid for more than $900,000.

Village Clerk Sue Dallegge, who has worked at city hall since 1989, said the current building has a leaky roof and cracks in some walls. Plus, some city equipment, such as a backhoe, won’t fit inside.

“It’s in sad shape,” Dallegge said.

Hampton board chairman Dane Schafer said the town will try to find a bidder who can complete the project for less than $750,000. If necessary, Hampton will revise the project to eliminate some optional elements.

“We need to find a bidder that can do this within our budget,” Schafer said. “That could mean that we need to cut back the general contractor’s scope, but at this point, we’re not sure that is the case, because only receiving one bid, we can’t be sure if that’s a good bid or a high bid.”

The existing city hall is set for demolition next month, so officials are moving into temporary quarters and auctioning off excess items.

Part of the problem might be the city’s initial request for proposals that included a June 1 deadline.

Schafer said the lone bidder told Hampton officials that their deadline would require significant work during the worst of winter, so that construction firm increased their price to account for that.

The board will meet Monday to discuss the project and whether to extend the deadline for it.

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Information from: The Grand Island Independent, https://www.theindependent.com


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