City building's expensive 'friendly' makeover


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Mayor Steve Bach is sprucing up the City Administration Building's basement and first floors with a cosmetic facelift to make them more "friendly."

Bids are due today, Friday, for construction management of the renovations, which are expected to cost from $650,000 to $800,000.

"The City is making the highly visited City Departments easier to access and more inviting and friendly," the city's bid document states. "These floors will contain the City Clerk, Land Use Review, Sales Tax, City Pharmacy, medical and Occupational Health offices."

But the work appears to be largely surface upgrades of the building at 30 S. Nevada Ave., considering this statement from the city's request for proposals: "The renovation will not include a major overhaul of the mechanical systems. Electrical and plumbing modifications will be required to meet the new office system/design."

Construction is to begin in March or April and be completed in August.

Under Bach's plan, the Clerk's Office will be switched from just left of entry into the building to the right, and the tax division will be moved down from the second floor, while planning and development also will move down from an upper floor.

There will be a whole lot of conferring going on, given there will be four conference rooms on the first floor.

Oddly, there's no security barrier shown on the remodeling plans, but nothing's been said about changing Bach's policy of requiring everyone coming in the front door to show I.D.

Here's a drawing of the first floor:



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