The commission, absent Keith Higdon, voted unanimously to have official blueprints drawn for the 4800 square foot facility.
The project would be a metal building – colors to be determined later – with office space for city hall, conference room, restrooms, kitchen area and large activity area with closets. The building will also host Clarkson Red Hawk and other city memorabilia in the “Red Hawk Room.”
The building will sit between the Clarkson Fire Station and the Clarkson Post Office, on land the city purchased in the last few years.
There are not any grants available for the project, according to City Treasurer Alicia Hayes.
There have been donations made towards the center. Howard Williams donated $5,000 to the city and Joyce Bell donated $1,000 with the challenge that all former Clarkson Red Hawks do likewise.
Mayor Bonnie Henderson said she had spoken with banking officials who said if the city used local banking services for funding purposes the city would not be subjected to architect drawings and engineering costs associated with state approval of the construction.
Henderson said preliminary costs would hopefully stay within $50 - $55 per sq. ft. That would leave the building portion of expenses between $240,000 - $264,000. The monthly payment for the city would be approximately $1,100, if interest rates can be secured at 3.5%.
They commissioners are hoping the center will be rented on a regular basis, generating enough income to make the monthly payment.
The city is currently making a payment of $1,600 monthly on the newest garbage truck. That payment will cease in 1 ½ years, freeing up those dollars.
The next step will be the bidding process for the construction/materials of the center.