City of Rhome to seek proposals to secure vacant school

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, January 5, 2019
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The city of Rhome is working with its engineer to finalize specifications for windows and doors to secure the former Rhome school building to send out for requests for proposals (RFPs).

The city council gave consent to seek the RFPs at its Dec. 13 meeting and Mayor Michelle Pittman di Credico expected work to continue on getting the final specifications after the holidays.

“We’re working to finalize the RFPs. We’ll take proposals for 30 days and hope to have proposals for considerations at the second meeting in February,” di Credico said.

The city received two initial quotes for the 36 windows for the vacant building, which ranged from $47,097 to $54,300. The city also had a quote of $24,200 for the installation of four doors.

At the Dec. 13 meeting, City Attorney Carvan Adkins advised the council that the quotes were “right on the line of your requirements for public bidding.”

“It probably doesn’t hurt to see what else is out there anyway,” Adkins said.

The city has replaced the roof of the building and performed the asbestos abatement. The city is still working to determine a long range plan for the facility.

“We want to secure the building with the windows and doors and then we dig in inside and get a plan together,” di Credico said.

She said there is an estimated $175,000 available for the project.

“We are evaluating sources of other funding,” di Credico added.

After securing the building, the city may also look into providing tours of the old school building. Adkins had previously advised against the tours due to safety concerns.

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