To counteract these concerns, the city has moved forward with the hiring of Ballard King to study the anticipated maintenance fees and programs fees that the building may house.
As the project moves ever closer to reality, the city of Camdenton has now hired help to study the financial opportunities tied to operations within their community building blueprints.
Currently, City Administrator Jeff Hancock says the first phase of construction plans is estimated to cost between $4.4 and $4.8 million. He says the city is planning on making this payment with the $1.7 million already collected for the project and with continued issuing of current debt.
Before leaving office, former Alderman Sandy Osborn was a main figure in concerns about future funding, questioning the methods of obtaining funds moving forward.
To counteract these concerns, the city has moved forward with the hiring of Ballard King to study the anticipated maintenance fees and programs fees that the building may house. At the March 7 design showcase at City Hall, plans were shown with different spaces highlighted and their uses, such as a walking track, centralized management area and possible spaces for meetings and refreshment vending.
Overall, the building is projected to be 34,500 square foot in size. Architects involved with the project ant to utilize the solar energy possibilities by facing windows towards natural light to decrease energy needs for lighting. They also want to bundle the usage with the pool and park to make a cohesive experience in that area of town.
On top of fees to operate, the city also wants to get an idea of what revenue might be pulled from membership fees and usage fees that could be turned around to help pay off future advancements of the center. This is one of the sources of revenue they hope to be ongoing. Hancock says that the initial construction will take place in six phases, which can be halted at any time.
Camdenton Mayor John McNabb hopes the phase one construction will sway the public and showcase how useful having this space available can be. He said previously that the vision is to show how this center can bring the community together.
McNabb says that if the current timeline is achieved, blueprint tuning and initialization should be complete in 7-9 months. If this is accomplished, the center should be built by late 2020 or early 2021.