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|Vidalia considering construction of municipal complex|
Mayor Hyram Copeland said today (Wednesday) that Vidalia is considering the construction of a 30,000 sq.-ft. complex on 10 acres to house city hall, the fire department and police department.
He said the project will cost an estimated $3.5 million and will be located on property behind Wal-Mart, next to a recreational complex which is in the planning stage.
"We have problems at city hall with damage to the roof, mold problems inside and issues involving asbestos," said Copeland. "City hall is over 60 years old and remodeling alone would not resolve our problems. We would need to build a second story because we're out of space."
Additionally, he said that both the police station and fire department structures needed revamping.
"So we're looking at a new city complex that would house all of these departments," said Copeland. "We need a new fire station. Plus, the growth in Vidalia and the construction of buildings that are more than a single story means that we need a ladder truck for the fire department and a place to house it."
Copeland said the complex could be paid for with "some monies coming in through sales tax," as well as grant funding.
But he said the bulk of financing would come through a long-term USDA grant.
"We feel like we could get a good bid at this time and that we'll be looking at lower interest rates," said Copeland.
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