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New Pembroke city hall moves forward
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Pembroke’s new city hall is moving right along.

City officials approved a $226,000 contract with the Savannah architectural firm Lott and Barber to begin design work on its new city hall.

As part of the contract, accepted by city council at its meeting Monday, the firm will also perform similar architectural services in the renovation of the current city hall and what officials said were minor renovations at the Pembroke Fire Department’s Station No. 1.

The current city hall will be converted into a public safety complex once the new city hall is completed.

The new city hall will cost an estimated $1.5-$2.5 million and will be located on city owned property at the intersection of Highway 67 and Strickland Street.

In other business, city council formally closed the railroad crossing at Bucks Lane. The lane will remain in place from Railroad Street south but will be a “T” intersection rather than a four way. Officials say the crossing is beyond repair and the grade is too steep for new regulations. The other four crossings, at Ledfor, Poplar/Harn, Surrency and Clanton, are scheduled for repair in 2020.

Council members were given the registration packet and schedule of classes for the Cities United Summit, which was formerly Mayors Day Conference.

Council was given a proposal for a speed bump policy to deliberate on next month.

City Administrator Alex Floyd will be presenting a proposal for a “Historic Overlay District” to include four blocks of downtown and three blocks of Courthouse Square to help preserve the city’s charm.

Planning and Zoning have proposed two new intermediate zoning classes for a first reading AR-1.5 and AR 2.5 and accessory building guidelines for a first reading.

The city’s street committee approved a request for a street light at the intersection of Kelly Drive and Waters Circle and approved the bid of Sikes Brothers Paving to overlay Strickland Street from Highway 280 to Highway 67 for $62,848.20. This is the city’s second TSPLOST project, Floyd said.

The city set official trick or treat hours for 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 31.

Approved a bucket brigade for the Joel Greene Cancer Fund for Nov. 2 with a rain date of Nov. 16.

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