LEESBURG – Calling it a milestone in its three-year effort to renovate the town hall, the Leesburg Town Council on Monday night awarded the construction contract to Robinson Construction.

The bid from the Warsaw company was $144,847.

The bids were opened at the Aug. 13 council meeting, and were reviewed by local architect Tyler Haines since then.

Other bids were $143,400 from Milestone Construction, Syracuse; $227,796.07 from Clinton Davis Construction, Leesburg; $103,629 from DT Construction, Silver Lake; and $119,217 from RocheSelect, Warsaw.

The project includes making the town hall handicapped-accessible, constructing a meeting room, two restrooms on the ground level and some office renovations. The building at the corner of Van Buren and Pearl streets was first used as a town hall in 1936 but is not accessible by wheelchair. The council has been meeting in the Plain Township Services Building until improvements are made.

Opening up the council’s discussion on the bids, President Tom Moore said, “Everyone in the room knows that we’ve been talking about this ADA compliance addition to the town hall for an extended period of time.”

He and Councilwoman Christina Archer then digested Haines’ report, going over items ranging from windows to doors to flooring and toilet accessories. Councilman Doug Jones was absent from Monday’s meeting.

Archer said Haines’ report was really good in giving an explanation on everything.

She said in evaluating the bidders, she pulled out RocheSelect right away because it’s an out-of-state company, a number of things weren’t included in its bid and “we really don’t know who they’ll be using for their subcontractors for sure.”

Moore said for longtime residents like he and Archer, “You want the addition to last and look as good as what the original building did when it was put up in 1935.”

Archer said she next ruled out Milestone Construction because it had a number of things in its bid but were “not really specified.” She said she still had concerns with Milestone as she did with RocheSelect, leaving her to decide between Robinson Construction and DT.

She finally decided on Robinson because it’s “a local company we know well, we’ve been able to see the work they’ve done on other projects. I like the idea that they’re using local, well-known, reputable subcontractors in their work.”

Moore agreed with her, adding that he’s had a lot of experience with Robinson Construction and it’s a very thorough company.

“To me it’s always been about the best bidder. And what I see in the bids ... I feel very comfortable for their bid price ... that encompasses the scope of work we desire,” Moore said. “They do excellent work.”

Archer made the motion to approve Robinson Construction.

A little later in the meeting, Street Commissioner Craig Charlton brought up a concern about golf carts in town.

He said he’s heard complaints that golf carts have been going through town without the use of headlights or taillights, and that some aren’t obeying traffic signs.

“I think, at this point, so we don’t make it an issue, is that people understand that they must have working headlights, taillights and obey all traffic signs,” he said.

Archer said, “Now that the nights are getting closer and closer, the other night when I went down to the Dollar Store, there was a group of boys and girls, apparently going back home, and they weren’t doing anything wrong, but there were no lights on the cart and it was already between 9 and 10 o’clock at night so it was already dark. I felt that was really dangerous.”

Charlton said the town could pass an ordinance about golf carts in the town limits, but that is not the town’s intent.

Earlier in the meeting, Charlton spoke about fall leaf pick-up.

He said the leaf loader is ready and will start fall leaf pick-up in the next few weeks.

“Leafs are to be put to the curbside for pick up. Please do not place sticks, large amounts of grass or yard waste in the leaf piles,” Charlton said.

Large tree branches are chipped on Fridays and Mondays. Yard waste is to be bagged and placed in the trash tote provided by the town. Sidewalks and trees are the property and responsibility of the property owners. Sidewalks are to be kept clear to provide safe passage. Residents are not to mow grass into the streets.

Moore said, “And if you decide to cut down a tree on your property, it’s not the town’s responsibility to pick it up. Or landscaping.”

In other business, the council:

• Held a public hearing on the town’s 2019 proposed budget, which totals $272,403, an increase of 3 percent over the 2018 budget. No members of the public were present to comment on it.

• Heard the next meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Plain Township Services Building.