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City to Let Bid on New City Hall

Petition Circulates Requesting Council to Reconsider Old Bank Building

The Lexington City Council will hold a Special Meeting on Friday, May 29, 2009 at 5 p.m. at the Woodson Community Center where one of the agenda items states "Accept contract or bid on new city hall from Fischer- Langham." At the same time that this article is being written, a petition has been circulating over recent weeks that asks the City Council to reconsider buying the old State Bank building located downtown on the Square. The petition was started over concerns of the cost to build a new building versus purchasing and renovating the bank building.

Ronnie Bryan, who was instrumental in starting the petition, said, "There are approximately 150 signatures on the petition. Since the time the decision was made to rule out the bank building as a future city hall, the mix of City Council members has changed; therefore, it may be possible that the council might consider rethinking this decision."

There are more than 620 registered voters in the City Limits.

According to Walt Carey, who serves on the building committee for the City, Fischer-Langham plans to use all Lee County Subcontractors on the project. Fischer-Langham was recently awarded the new Lee/Bastrop County Farm Bureau's bid to build their new facility in Giddings.

The architect for the Lexington project is Andrew Hawkins with Hawkins, Holster & Associates out of Bryan.

At Friday's special meeting, the Lexington City Council will also consider hiring a full-time secretary and hear from the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department about needed repairs to a fire truck.

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