STERLING – The City Council met Monday in the Coliseum for the first time in more than a year.
The meeting lasted less than 8 minutes and included approval of two partial pay requests to Sjostrom and Sons Inc., for a combined $457,899.57, for the City Hall remodeling project that had the City Council meeting in the City Hall Annex, at 20 W. Third St., while a number of building upgrades were completed.
The council last met in the Coliseum, 212 Third Ave., on Aug. 20, 2012, City Manager Scott Shumard said.
The $4.5 million renovation should be done by Oct. 31, with remaining work including the monitors and technology aspects of the council chambers, wiring and some final decorative elements, he said in an email.
In December 2010, the council voted to issue up to $4.5 million in taxable general obligation bonds to repair and rebuild the 80-year-old Coliseum. In May 2012, the city awarded a $4.6 million contract to Sjostrom and Sons Construction of Rockford.
Asbestos was removed from the building’s first, second and third floors, which slightly delayed the project, and the former city manager and mayor’s area was gutted, in addition to an elevator for the police department being installed.
Other remodeling aspects include a geothermal heating and cooling system and more insulation, plumbing and electric equipment replacement, expansion of the police dispatch area, and a $58,575 video surveillance system to help protect police officers and staff.
Shumard has said much of the building dated back to 1930-1931.
The City Council also approved the purchase of two Chevy Tahoe police package vehicles, budgeted at $57,340. The bid was awarded to Sterling Chevrolet, the lowest bidder, for $42,862.50.
The Sterling City Council next meets at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Coliseum, 212 Third Ave.
Go to www.sterling-il.gov or call City Hall at 815-632-6621 for an agenda or more information.