The $36,000 City Hall reception desk

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Back in December of 2005, we noted a city council agenda item:

10. Ordinance 2005-1357
ORDINANCE appropriating $36,893.27 out of General Improvement Consolidated Construction Fund for Construction of a Reception Desk at City Hall for Building Services Department,
CIP D-0113

a. Motion 2005-1206
FOUR SEASONS DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, INC for Construction of a Reception Desk at City Hall for Building Services Department – $35,136.45 and contingencies for a total amount not to exceed $36,893.27

Now Isiah Carey has pictures of the desk and some additional information:

THE MAYOR’S OFFICE TELLS US HALF THE COST WAS PICKED UP BY THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION – A PRIVATE GROUP. HOWEVER, SOME SAY 18-THOUSAND DOLLARS IS STILL TOO MUCH FOR THE CITY TO SPEND ON A LOBBY DESK. THE MAYOR’S OFFICE SAYS THE DESK IS NOT JUST FOR AESTHETICS BUT PART OF THE BUILDING’S SECURITY SYSTEM. BUT THE 36-THOUSAND DOESN’T INCLUDE THE COST OF THE SECURITY SYSTEM.

Security system not included! No wonder the mayor is pursuing a non-profit revenue stream — these are important things that need to be funded.


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