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Coliseum renovation clicking along

Council OKs new $54,000 security system

City Manager Scott Shumard
City Manager Scott Shumard

STERLING – Progress is being made on the $4.5 million Coliseum renovation project, and Phase 2 will begin on schedule the week of March 18, City Manager Scott Shumard told the council Monday night.

Also Monday, council members OK'd the purchase of a $54,082 security system for the 80-year-old building. Certain doors will have a card reader instead of a key, and a keypad will be used in the armory, where the Police Department weapons are stored, which will track who comes in and out, Shumard said.

A drop ceiling is being installed in certain areas now, and the new geothermal system will be tested this week. Last week, bathroom floors and tiles were laid; carpeting goes in in 2 weeks.

The council also approved a $75,345 change order to cover expenses for a number of minor issues discovered during renovation, the most significant of which was a lack of insulation, Shumard said.

"We have found no insulation in any part of the building that has been remodeled," Shumard wrote in a memo to the council. "There were areas above drop and plaster ceilings that had no insulation above them nor against the exterior walls."

Phase 2 will begin the week of March 18 and will include renovating the west half of the first floor and the south half of the basement, which is now the City Clerk's office and part of the Police Department, he said.

That entire area will become part of the Police Department. The mayor and city manager's area and the women's restroom will be combined to become the new council chambers, while the existing code enforcement department will become a couple of conference rooms, Shumard said.

"Everything's been on schedule since we've had the asbestos abatement completed," he said. That work was completed between September and October.

"We're pleased with the progress and everything seems to be on time."

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