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Town Hall expansion bids to be opened on Wednesday

Monday, September 28, 2009

CHAPEL HILL -- Bids are to be opened next week for the construction contract to expand Town Hall on Unionville Road, the town administrator said this week.

Architect Mike Stewart of Murfreesboro has plans for expanding Town Hall on Unionville Road to 3,200 square feet. The building on Unionville Road is approximately 1,000 square feet now.

"The roofline is changing," Town Administrator Mike Hatten said. "We want the building to have a more residential appearance."

Noon Wednesday, Sept. 30, is when bids will be opened, Hatten said.

"So far John Chunn, Isaac Zimmerle and J.R. Warren have requested plans" so they might calculate a bid, the town administrator said.

Bid specifications were recognized as appropriate during the Aug. 10 meeting of the Chapel Hill Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

In other developments for the town, Hatten said:

> Kenneth Runk was hired as the town's new fire chief.

> Signs saying "Welcome to Chapel Hill" have been removed from the town border on main avenues into the municipality and new "more inviting" signs are to be posted.

> A new and higher water rate has been adopted for customers who use more than 30,000 gallons a month. There are eight to 10 customers who use that much.

The city has two sources of water which it purifies and sells. When demand exceeds the town's resources, water is purchased from the Marshall County Board of Public Utilities. It charges Chapel Hill more than what the town charges its customers.

The price change for water customers with high usage will mean about $400 to $700 a month to the town, which charges $2.66 per 1,000 gallons when the MCBPU rate is $3.46.

Chapel Hill's annual budget totals some $2 million with about $800,000 of that being the operating budget for the town's water and sewer service.