Vine Grove begins looking at paying for new city hall

An artist rendering of a possible new Vine Grove City Hall.

Vine Grove has taken another step — albeit a small one — as it pieces together a plan for a new city hall.

Mayor Pam Ogden provided city council members Monday night with possible financing options for what is expected to be about a $3 million, 8,500-square-foot facility. She gave coun­cil financing proposals from The Cecilian Bank and the Kentucky League of Cities. She said she is seek­ing additional financing partners and expected Wilson and Muir and Fort Knox Federal Credit Un­ion to provide proposals.

One of the estimates was a payment plan of about $15,000 a month for 30 years.

Councilman Garry McCoy asked how the city would be able to afford making such large payments each month. Ogden said part of the reason to seek bids is to gain knowledge on how costly a new city hall actually may be.

At an August meeting where a presentat­ion for a building remodel was made, all council members agreed to move forward with the project.

There has been no formal action to begin the remodel, which would keep some aspects of the current structure – a one-time school building – and give other parts of the nearly 80-year-old structure a facelift.

“Thirty years is an awful long time to be pay­ing on a building,” Councilman Robert Woosley said.

“It frightens all of us a little, but we have to make a decision,” said Council­woman Donna Spang­en­berger in response, who sits next to Woos­ley at council meetings.

“We will have to make a decision,” he said. “I want to make the right one.”

It’s expected to take between two and three years to complete the project, if approved.

At the summer presentation, it was explained the back of the building would be replaced and the community rooms, for instance, would remain with building additions around them.

Among the additions would be an elevator in the two-building structure, a drive-through payment window, more green space on the prop­erty and more level parking. The renovations would make the building compliant with the Americans with Dis­a­bil­i­ties Act.

Other council news included:

• The $166,600 the city received last month from the Ken­tucky Transportation Cabinet in discretionary money for resurfacing work is expected to be used to start work in the spring. The money was split between work on Periwinkle Drive ($49,100), Loc­ust Street ($16,700), Fiddler’s Ridge ($15,100), Crutcher Street ($7,900), Twin Lakes Drive ($25,700), East Pied­mont Drive ($21,600) and South Rush­more Drive ($30,500).

The city is taking bids for the work, said City Engineer Bob Woosley.

• The Brushy Fork flood plan has been sent to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help ease flooding issues, Bob Woosley said.

• McCoy acknowledged the work of Og­den, noting especially how the look of the city has improved in her less than 11 months on the job.

He said it was showcased in September dur­ing community events such as Autumn Daze and the Bluegrass Music Festival.

“She’s worked hard at it,” McCoy said.

Ogden said it has been “a team effort” in beautifying the city and the work that has gone on.

• The council holds a work session at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com.

(1) comment

LoneVoice

Mayor Pam is serious about her love for her hometown and isn’t afraid to call the elephant in the room out and address the issue. I believe she has the solution for the best in Vine Grove.

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