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Updated: 6/10/2013 8:37 pm
SMITHVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Smithville's mayor Gregg Kennedy is looking over drawings of the future home of the Smithville Government Complex.

Some design engineering is needed to be done after bids for the project came back well above the budget price for the project.

"We actually had eleven construction companies to pick up and order the prints and pre-packets but only five turned in bids. They range from $723,000 to $998,000," Kennedy said. 

The lowest bid came in at $723,000, and the next step is for town leaders to meet with the construction company and architect to make changes. Town officials say the alterations will help the project meet its budget of $660,000.

"There's a lot of little things in there we can actually do to bring the cost of it down. That's what the project manager team and architect and all of us are doing is trying to bring that cost on down," Kennedy added.

"You can only trim so much off and make it where it needs to be. With that said- you know I am going to leave it up to the board and let's let us decide what is going on with it. But, yeah, the bids were kind of high, but they're looking at different options," stated Alderman Jimmy Dabbs.

The new town hall building will feature a safe room which can hold up to 25 people in the event of a tornado. 

"It's going to be a permanent building. It's going to be a beautiful building. It's going to set the tone of Main Street rebuilding so we look forward to moving forward with it," Kennedy said.

Officials say it should take between four to six months to begin construction once the finances are worked out. 

The town is trying to avoid having to put the project back out for re-bidding since that costs money. On Tuesday night, the board meets in recess session where a revised plan hopes to be proposed.

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