Fenton City Council approved $363,168 in repair costs for the A.J. Phillips Museum during its meeting Monday, Aug. 7.
The city’s building department has been working with Brad Alvord of Lindhout Associates architects on front porch repairs and the project was put out for bid. The city received four bids on the project, which consists of front porch repair, rebuild, new handicap ramp with rails, water drainage system, front paver patio and electrical repairs.
The Museum Board began discussions in spring of 2022 for making porch and pillar repairs and repainting. It was at that time when issues were found with the columns on the north side of the building supporting the porch. The building might have been twisted during the 2007 tornado.
At the recommendation of administration, the council approved museum repairs with the lowest bidder, Case Construction Company of Flint.
Three higher bids were submitted by John Stewart Associates for $395,000, L.G.K. Building Inc. for $387,700 and Sorensen Gross Company LLC for $480,500.
According to Case Construction’s bid, they indicate their time for completion would be based on being able to start work right way so that they have favorable weather. Any work not completed prior to winter would be completed next spring.
During its meeting on April 17, the Fenton Downtown Development Authority (DDA) approved an estimated $275,000 for fiscal year 2023-2024 to repair the front porch of the museum, a historic city-owned building in the DDA district.