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City of Rhome proceeds with remodel; Old school building to receive roof replacement

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, July 28, 2018
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The Rhome City Council is continuing with its plan to replace the roof on the old school building.

Rhome mayor Michelle Pittman di Credico said the replacement will cost around $95,000. Crews will begin work Aug. 13. The building has been vacant since the 1980s.

di Credico said the city is in need of a bigger facility for administration and police, and the council has received input from the public on what to do with the building.

“That facility has an auditorium that seats 250 to 300 people,” di Credico said. “We could use it as a multi-purpose type [venue] – community events, programs, dance recitals. We’d like to have that as a municipal complex.”

Prior to replacing the roof, crews had to remove the asbestos in the building. When the roof is complete, council must decide whether to move forward with architects and engineers in renovating the structure.

di Credico said the structure itself is in good shape, but the building’s electrical and plumbing must be brought up to code.

“I’ve been contacted by groups that represent some of the alumni, who are interested in perhaps contributing toward saving the school building,” di Credico said. “That’s a positive thing.”

The building is located on School Road. di Credico said there is no timetable for the building to be finished, but they would like to have it sooner rather than later.

“It depends on funding and being able to finance it,” di Credico said.

In other business at its meeting Tuesday, the council also went into closed session regarding the divisive project that would have built 64 townhomes on Morris Street. di Credico said there was no action after the closed session.

The council unanimously voted to reject the plat July 10 after City Administrator Joe Ashton found issues with the plat, primarily centered around ownership of one corner of the lot and tax records for the land.

di Credico said the applicant is able to re-apply for the plat even though council rejected it.

“Based on the ordinance, there is a list of things they have to provide,” di Credico said. “If they meet the requirements of the ordinance, yes, council would be in a position to approve it.”

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