BURR RIDGE – The Village Hall workroom is in and the lobby ceiling is out in the latest version of the Burr Ridge Village Board’s plan to spruce up village offices.
The board met in special session Oct. 23 to discuss how best to spend the money available to update the 27-year-old offices.
When bids came in about $50,000 higher than expected, the Space Needs Committee suggested foregoing improvements to the Village Hall workroom. But village trustees agreed Oct. 23 to keep the workroom, which houses the building’s printers, copy machines and office supplies, in the plan.
“That room is used by everyone,” said Trustee Diane Bolos. “People are in and out of it all day.”
Trustees suggested putting off the cleaning and refinishing of the ceiling in the lobby, at a savings of $4,725, and replacing doors, rather than entire cabinets, under the front counter. A less expensive lunchroom countertop also will help the village save the $15,400 needed for the workroom.
Burr Ridge has $112,000 available in building bond forfeitures to put toward updates to the 27-year-old offices. The board also plans to spend $35,000 worth of building bond forfeitures that had been set aside for landscaping in 2014-15 and about $3,400 from the 2014-15 capital projects fund.
“I think we’re moving in the right direction,” Bolos said.
But the work, if approved, likely won’t be done until 2014. The Village Board tabled a vote on the work Oct. 28 because the general contractor, Envision, was not available to pin down some numbers.
Village Administrator Steve Stricker said the offices at Village Hall have not been remodeled since they were built in 1989. Many areas have the original carpeting, lighting and cabinets. The Village Hall boardroom was remodeled in 2012, also using bond forfeiture money, and the roof was replaced this summer.
Plans for the offices include new carpeting and ceiling tiles, removal of wallpaper, and new cabinets and countertops in the staff lunchroom and workroom.