Building work awaits decision

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Approximately $6.5 million in proposed renovations to the City Hall complex are among decisions coming up soon for Pearland City Council.

An “extreme security scare” and HVAC issues within the buildings were among factors leading to plans to expand and renovate the decades-old complex, but City Council Oct. 24 balked at awarding a construction contract, some saying they don’t believe the interior renovations are the best use of funds.

“I’m not a fan of this,” Councilman Tony Carbone said shortly before a decision on the contract was postponed.

Brought up during discussion was the fact that replacing the building’s aging roof is not part of the proposal.

“We’re going to spend $7 million on the interior; we’re not doing anything to the roof or the building envelope,” Carbone said.

“If we want to put it in the next bond referendum, that would be perfect, to let the voters have a say so.”

Also debated was exactly how much securing off the lobby from the rest of the building, including elevators, would protect those inside.

“If (a shooter) was to come in here looking for people — they may be looking for the six folks who are sitting up here, who don’t office here,” Councilman Derrick Reed said. “I’m for the renovations. I don’t know if we need the (secure) elevators.”
Funding for the City Hall project would come from a number of sources, assistant City Manager Trent Epperson explained.

“The bulk of it is C.O.s (certificates of obligation) — about $4.65 million in C.O.s,” he said. “There’s other funds from the PEDC, water and sewer revenue bonds and then other funding sources that make up the balance of the $6.594 (million).”

The regular meeting of the Council is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in council chambers, 3519 Liberty Dr. The council regularly meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, with a period for public comment.

For detailed agendas, visit pearlandtx.gov.

Story by Nicole Jones

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