Burr Ridge awards contracts for Village Hall work
Updated: July 15, 2012 2:47PM
Burr Ridge trustees have accepted bids from two companies to complete renovation work at the Village Hall later this summer.
The two contracts, broken up into general contractor work and audio visual improvements, will total $187,520 and are for improvements to the village’s board room and conference room.
Village officials said the capital projects fund has a balance of more than $450,000 for the projects and future renovation work is still planned.
Village Administrator Steve Stricker showed off the design plans, which would keep the board room layout essentially the same, but two new podiums would be added at the end of the board table, where the trustees sit.
“We can have a presenter at one podium and residents at the other side so there could be some give-and-take,” Stricker said. “We’ll add additional lighting, additional AV equipment and give it a more professional look.”
During Monday night’s meeting, Stricker controlled a PowerPoint presentation by Dave Kwasiborski of ECS Midwest, LLC while discussing a noise study. Stricker said the new layout will allow guests to control their own presentations.
JC Anderson submitted a $135,634 bid for general contract work in the board room, conference room and additional lighting. The company was the lowest bidder by more than $20,000.
AVLET offered a bid of $51,886 for audio-visual work in the board and conference rooms, AV room and video editing room.
“Several years ago, we convened the space needs committee to look at problems of space,” Mayor Gary Grasso said. “After two studies, this board recommended we build a new police facility rather than a new Village Hall. The idea was then we would renovate the Village Hall after the police facility was completed.”
Costs associated with furniture, draperies and signs were not included in the bid packages awarded Monday. A village memo estimates those costs to be $37,907, but Stricker said the village could keep the existing furnishings or purchase new ones later.
“We’re not done with the renovation,” Stricker said. “(The bids) are just these two rooms. We still have offices, the roof and, if there’s money left, we could do some landscaping.”
According to Stricker, the $500,000 available for the renovations came from a bond forfeiture. A small amount of that has already been spent on consulting fees.
Trustees Bob Sodikoff, Maureen Wott, Al Paveza, Robert Grela and Leonard Ruzak voted in favor of the contracts, while Trustee John Manieri was the lone dissent. Grasso said he supported the acceptance of the bids.
“If we have money left, I would rather spend it on the residents than new drapes,” Manieri said. “My vote has nothing to do with the work of the (groups involved).”