BARKER – The first phase of construction of Barker’s new village hall and library has been completed and the village council this week authorized the tender for the second and probably the final phase.
At an emergency meeting on Thursday, the board also approved phase two engineering fees for Barton & Loguidice, the firm contracted to advise on the construction of a new building. The company will receive $35,000 for design, architecture and engineering services and $12,000 for construction-related services, which basically involves having someone on site on site to oversee the operations.
Mayor Aaron Nellist said the village was negotiating the fee with Barton & Loguidice over what the company originally offered.
“Our engineering company initially gave us a bill that was considerably higher than that,” Nellist said. “We asked them to reconsider, and they did, and we were able to get those deals. We’re really happy with Barton & Loguidice in that regard, and we’ll see what the offerings are.
The first phase of the construction project consisted of laying the foundations and raising the building envelope. This work was carried out by Mulvey Construction, which offered $418,505 for the work. Phase two includes the installation of drywall, flooring, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and other interior fixtures.
“The hull is complete, the roof is up, but the interior is pretty bare,” observed Deputy Mayor Seanna Corwin-Bradley.
Initially, the village had a three-phase building plan involving a basement, which has since been abandoned.
The original village hall-library was destroyed by fire in January 2019. Since then, the village government has operated from temporary quarters on East Avenue, and public meetings have been held at the Barker Fire Station. The Barker Public Library is temporarily open at 8673 Church St.
The opening dates for the new village hall and library have not yet been determined.