Council OKs plans for new town hall


The Union Bridge Town Council accepted a recommendation to renovate a town-owned building into new office space last night and voted to advertise for a contractor to design and build an attached structure for use as the town hall.

The work will cost $160,000.

The Town Hall Search Committee urged that interior and exterior improvements be made to the Pump House on Locust Street, and presented design specifications for the new building.

"We see do not wish to change the original structure in any way," said Dick Owings, a committee member whose also reviews building plans for the county. "But we feel the Pump House should be connected to the new building."

The committee also recommended that the town have the contractor submit architectural plans for the structure as well as a bid for the construction.

"We believe it would be $8,000 to $12,000 cheaper to let the builder design the structure rather than hiring an architect and giving those designs to the contractor," Mr. Owings said.

The town has no money for the project. Although grant money for historical restoration might be available, said Mayor Perry L. Jones Jr., it probably would not be enough.

Fund-raisers such as September's "Gala '90s Days," which netted $4,000, may help support the effort, but much more is needed, the council agreed.

Plans for the new building include space for offices for the mayor, town manager and two clerks, a conference room for small gatherings, and a large room for council meetings.

Space in the Pump House is earmarked for future town police offices. Unlike the current offices, the building is accessible to the disabled.

The council voted unanimously to accept the proposal of the committee, which studied sites in town and visited offices in other Carroll towns before deciding on the Locust Street location in March.

Lehigh Portland Cement Co. will donate cement for the floor of the new building. The council is looking for a way to require contractors to buy any other cement they use for the structure from companies that deal with Lehigh.

The Pump House, constructed in 1904, will get a new roof and a few windows. Mayor Jones said bids for the work are expected to go out next month.

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