Mayor Pat Vaughn said there have been very minimal updates to the 1,486-square-foot facility since it was constructed in 1986. The chambers currently seat 87 people.
Most of the work is being done to the platform that seats the mayor, council members and city attorney, city clerk Dawn Davis said. A new desk will be constructed to accommodate the city manager and the city clerk, as the current configuration has them sitting separately from the mayor, council members and the city attorney. The current chairs will be replaced with new ones.
Upgrades to the chamber also include the addition of a ramp for handicap access to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“The need for ADA compliance is of the utmost importance to the viability of the chambers,” Vaughn said.
The chamber will receive a new audio, visual and lighting system that will include projectors and recessed LCD screens, a document projector for presentations, recording devices and updated lighting.
Vaughn said the ability to offer the best possible experience for citizens and elected officials attending meetings and city functions is the goal of the work being done, which has been a long time coming.
“These renovations have been a need within the city for more than five years,” she said.
Funds are coming from 2011 SPLOST proceeds, Vaughn said.
Renovations are slated to begin later this year, she said, adding the time expected for completion of the project is not to exceed 60 days, so everything should be wrapped up in early 2015.
Lovvorn Construction of Atlanta has been approved to handle the renovations and a contract could be signed in the next 10 days, Davis said.