Skidmore's Newton Hall

Skidmore’s Newton Hall is shown in July. The Skidmore Board of Aldermen approved a $13,000 bid to repair one side of the roof and the entire ceiling.

SKIDMORE, Mo. — The Skidmore Board of Aldermen discussed the necessary repairs to Newton Hall’s ceiling and roof at a Nov. 18 meeting. 

Currently the east side of the roof is in need of repair, while both sides of the ceiling need replaced.

The community building located at 202 W. Elm St. has seen much improvement within the last two years, but there is still work to be done.

In July 2017, a new heating and air conditioning system was installed, along with a new refrigerator, stove and microwave, thanks to help from the Community Betterment group — which meets at the location once a month.

The city approved the only bid it received for the work from Jamie Price for $13,500 to make the repairs.

Price said the estimate was high for the customer’s benefit. He has done work for the city on several previous occasions. In January 2018, the board asked Price to get a door and replace the back door at Newton Hall.

In July 2018, some kind of animals were getting inside the building. At the time, the board approved allowing someone to look at it. Later that year, in October the board approved seeking bids for a drop ceiling at Newton Hall as well as purchasing a storm door for the side door at City Hall.

In April 2019, the city opened two bids from Price. Some damage had been noticed on the east side of the building. Price bid $2,600 for repairs to the interior ceiling and $2,800 for metal. Before the ceiling work is decided, the board agreed it should be determined if the roof was repaired on both sides of the building or just the west side.

In May, the board determined only the west half of the roof had been repaired and bids opened during the April board meeting were for replacing the ceiling on that side only. Board members approved requesting bids to repair the east side roof and ceiling.

In October, board members discussed Price’s bid of $13,500 for the ceiling and roof work at Newton Hall, but decided to seek other bids. The city received none, and approved Price’s bid at the November meeting.

In other business

  • Board members approved a bid from ADT Security Systems for a security camera and motion detectors to be installed at City Hall. The city received two bids and priced self-installation packages. While the board agreed self installation was likely the cheapest option, it decided to have the system installed professionally. ADT’s bid for installation was $424 and a $57.99 per month fee for maintenance. NW Audio Visual bid a one-time installation charge of $1,515.47 for a camera and a seven-year warranty.
  • The board approved spending $1,100 to purchase 16 city street signs, brackets and poles to replace signs that were incorrect, when previously ordered from Missouri Vocational Enterprises. Wright asked if the city could find out if the incorrect signs could be returned.
  • The aldermen approved in office trainings on QuickBooks for City Treasurer Doris Diggs and Morrow. The clerk said this will help tailor the city’s system set up. Cost for three hours of training is $300. “I think in the long run that would be money well spent,” said Shewey.
  • City employee Marvin Sumy requested that the board contact Rob Wilmes about a cement manhole access that is cracked. The board approved spending up to $1,000 to complete the work.
  • The city received information and an estimate regarding the repairs needed at the Skidmore Museum. The estimate accounted for extensive work to be done inside the building at a cost of $22,000. Shewey and the board agreed the city needs to request more bids. At the same location, though outside, the city is considering placing a black chain and post boundary around three sides of the museum property. This would still allow for parking on the north side of the building.
  • Aldermen approved having Morrow cancel the city’s fax line, which costs the city $42 per month and is very rarely used.

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