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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
The Town of Kellyton is making progress once again to continue renovation efforts of the old school facility, now known as the Kellyton Civic Complex.
Operating under a “pay as you go” mentality and opting to not go into debt, the town has gradually, over the years, remodeled portions of the facility. Now the town will be proceeding with the next step, turning a portion of the building into the town clerk’s office.
During its meeting Tuesday evening, the Kellyton Town Council discussed associated costs and plans for the renovation.
It was reported that an estimate had been received from Jones Contractors. It was estimated that the project would take 25 working days once work begins.
The total estimate for the overall project is $41,515. That will entail necessary work to fix and renovate the office area of the former school building into an office for the town’s clerk.
During discussion it was mentioned that the town had utilized $20,000 of its American Rescue Plan Act funds for the fire department and $21,000 in capital improvements. That leaves the town with $27,000 remaining in ARPA funds.
Following discussion, the council unanimously approved accepting the estimate from Jones Contractors to proceed with the project.
Further, the council also unanimously approved a motion to use the remainder of the ARPA funds to pay a portion of that estimate for renovating the office area of the facility.
In other business related to the old school facility, it was stated that some electrical work needed to be done. After brief discussion, the council unanimously approved hiring Billy Watson to perform the needed electrical work.
The council also reviewed information for the Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, which would be held in February. This sales tax weekend would make weather-related items; such as batteries, tarps, weather radios, and more; exempt from sales taxes at the state level.
The council unanimously approved adopting a resolution to participate in the sales tax weekend in February, which will make those items tax exempt within the Kellyton jurisdiction, as well.
In other business, the council discussed the possibility of passing a noise ordinance in the town limits of Kellyton. If the town passes such an ordinance, it could then go to Montgomery to go through the full process for being enacted and enforced.
After brief discussion, the council unanimously approved looking further into passing a noise ordinance.
The next regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Kellyton Town Council will be held at 6 p.m. November 1.