Glenwood’s new City Hall renovation costs are going up.
The Glenwood City Council approved over $10,000 at last Tuesday’s regular meeting to cover the costs to repair a drainage issue on the property.
City financial director Brian Kissel said the new funds will be used to correct a flooding issue that was occurring in the basement of the City Hall property, located at 5 N. Vine St., when it was purchased this summer.
“The slope on the back side of the building wasn’t corrected fully and on heavy downpours, we’d get water in the basement toward the northeast side of the building,” Kissel said. “When we went through the renovation process (in the basement), and we had the engineers there, they recommended we have a drainage company come out and advise us how to fix it.”
In addition to approving the $10,855 for the project, which will come out of the city’s maintenance budget, the council approved the hiring of Tab Construction to complete the work. Kissel said Tab will work closely with the Glenwood Public Works department.
The flooding issue is a result of water draining down the retaining wall above the property to the north and seeping into the foundation on the City Hall property.
Kissel said the city waited to repair the issue until after renovation began in the basement because of access issues with the former floor plan.
“There wasn’t a rush because the basement isn’t going to be finished for another month and we wanted to give the engineers time to figure out how we could fix it,” he said.
Most of the work, Kissel added, consists of concrete work and installation of a drain running down the retaining wall to the north.
Glenwood’s new City Hall officially opened July 23.
The city purchased the former Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints building at a cost of $85,000. Initial estimates for renovations for the entire building were pegged at slightly more than $200,000, but final costs are now expected to exceed $530,000.
Work in the building’s basement is on-going and is expected to be completed by mid-December.
Kissel said the drainage work will take about a week to finish and isn’t expected to slow basement renovations.