By Mike Pound

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Work on a new Carl Junction Community Center could begin in early February.

The Carl Junction City Council last week accepted a bid submitted by Larry Snyder and Co. of Ozark for $3,839,173. It was $500,000 lower than the city’s architectural firm had estimated, which allowed the city to include all four alternate proposals for the project.

The four alternates are: the construction of a canopy on the building’s north side at a cost of $28,661; a parking lot at a cost of $18,310; improvements to Wise Street at a cost of $80,626; and a wood ceiling for the building’s lobby at a cost of $46,576.

Voters in April 2008 approved a $4.4 million bond issue to finance the planned 22,800-square-foot building, which will be built north of the fire station and near the new police station. The building will house City Hall, a senior center, a gymnasium and meeting rooms.

Steve Lawver, city administrator, said nine bids were submitted.

“The difference between the top bid and the low bid was only 6 percent,” he said.

The council will consider approving a contract with the contractor at its Jan. 20 meeting. If that happens, a notice to begin work could be issued the following day, Lawver said.

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