Handicap accessibility improvements and work on an office addition will soon start at Star Valley’s town hall after the council selected a contractor Tuesday.
All of the accessibility work is being paid for with a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) with the town paying $12,000 to add a “pop-out” work area for the finance administrator. The addition will sit to the right of town hall’s front doors, extending out onto what is now a porch.
The 8-foot by 8-foot addition will move Chancy Nutt out of the main meeting area, giving her privacy and allowing more room during council meetings. The council decided to bundle the projects to save time and minimize interruptions of town business.
InterMountain West Civil Contractors was chosen to complete the work, coming in with the lowest overall bid of $88,000. The town received four other bids, ranging from $94,000 to $116,000.
Overall, the handicap improvements and addition should total roughly $112,000. The CDBG will cover $100,000 in handicap improvements, which include a bathroom remodel to allow wheelchair access and a wheelchair lift on the front of the building.
The company providing the wheelchair lift will also install it, while InterMountain West will make the bathroom improvements and construct the addition.
The council is paying for the addition out of the town’s budget.
Construction work is anticipated to start the first week of November and last 90 days.
If InterMountain West does not finish the project in three months, they face a $250 fine for each day that runs over.