Council approves bid for upgrades at the Tallassee Community Center

The Tallassee City Council approved a bid of $116,277 for improvements to the recreation department building at 450 Gilmer Ave.

Mayor Johnny Hammock said the city received an incomplete bid of $189,950 and the $116,277 bid from One Call Roofing and Remodel of Birmingham.

In March, councilmember Bill Godwin made a motion to approve spending the $104,000 currently in an account created by the Tallassee Recreation Board. The savings account was originated to raise funds for a new recreational complex that never came to fruition after it was estimated to exceed $10 million.

Councilmember Jeremy Taunton recused himself from voting, saying he “had a part in some of the quotes and certain people.”

The council approved spending the $104,000 to cover most of the bid amount and approved the remaining $12,277 from the general fund needed to meet the lowest bid.

Officials at the recreation center are asking members to be patient as the renovation begins.

“We are very excited about this but there will be times when we are required to close the gym to complete construction and for the safety of our members,” office manager Margret McLeod said. “While no timeline has been set, representatives from the recreation department will let members know ahead of time so that schedule adjustments can be made. We will try to give as much advance notice as possible. Please be patient with us as we make the improvements necessary to complete this project.”

Recreation center officials said work on the facility’s roof has already begun and window replacement will begin next week when patrons will have limited access to the facility.

Specific dates of closing will be posted on the City of Tallassee Parks and Recreation’s Facebook page and on the organization’s website, www.tallasseerecreation.com.