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From left, Ada City Councilmen Ben McFarlane and Bryan Morris review information during the council’s July 17 meeting in this file photo. The council voted 5-0 Monday to approve a contract with Redland Childers Architects, which will provide architectural services for renovating City Hall.

Ada moved forward Monday with plans to renovate City Hall, using part of the proceeds from a sales tax for capital improvements.

The Ada City Council voted 5-0 to approve the city’s contract with the Ada-based firm Redland Childers Architects, which will provide architectural and engineering services associated with renovating City Hall. The city will pay Redland Childers $46,202, which will be funded by part of the revenue from the first Penny for Our City sales tax.

The project involves remodeling the interior of City Hall, 231 S. Townsend, which will include minor reconfigurations of a few spaces and new finishes throughout the building, according to the contract. New finishes are for flooring, wall bases, doors and other items.

Redland Childers will provide a variety of services, including preparing floor plans and cost estimates. The firm will also prepare a project manual with bidding instructions, contract information and product specifications.

Redland Childers will also assist the city in determining consulting services required for the project, such as structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering work.

In other business, the council:

• Approved a $23,580 contract with Coates Field Services to provide right-of-way acquisition services for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s state Highway 99 utility relocation project.

Under the contract, Coates will perform tasks including researching property titles, performing appraisals or land valuation studies of each parcel of land and conducting negotiations with landowners. The firm will also assist the city’s legal counsel in any condemnation actions needed to obtain title to the required right of way.

ODOT is planning to put shoulders on a section of SH 99 and resurface portions of the highway, according to the city’s public information director, Lisa Bratcher.

• Approved a contract with Infrastructure Solutions Group LLC to provide engineering services for the SH 99 utility relocation project.

Infrastructure Solutions’ tasks will include coordinating the relocation of water mains for the project and preparing engineering plans and specifications, according to the contract. The firm will also prepare bid packages and contract documents, coordinate a pre-construction meeting and review material submitted by contractors.

The city will pay Infrastructure Solutions up to $43,500 for its work.

• Approved a request to rezone 730 N. Cherry St. from a one-family district to a general commercial zone.

Developer Paul Monroe had requested the zoning change to accommodate a proposed restaurant at that address.

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Eric Swanson is the City Hall and general assignment reporter for The Ada News. He spent 15 years working at the Dodge City Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kansas, before joining The Ada News’ staff in 2012.