Town of Elkin Board of Commissioners have accepted and put in motion the final ingredients necessary to build a farmer’s pavilion to be located in the parking lot of Town Hall.
According to Laura Gaylord, who serves as the town community manager, the town received three bids. The lowest bidder, Omega Construction, Inc. of Pilot Mountain, submitted a base bid of $112,767. Garanco, Inc., also of Pilot Mountain, checked in at $118,100, with SELA Building Corp. of Elkin submitting a $149,401 bid.
“We selected the lowest bidder and worked on some revisions to make sure we would be able to get the bid below budget,” Gaylord told commissioners. “The final price is $99,964.”
Elkin had a $100,000 budget with which to work — $75,000 was from a grant provided by the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission (NCTTFC) and $25,000 will come from Surry County.
Last winter, the Elkin Farmers Market received the $75,000 grant from the NCTTFC, but the use came with stipulations. Use of the funds required the town to build in a parking lot that must be paved. For years, town officials have eyed a Town Hall parking lot repave, but budget items more pressing have stymied action. However, this year, town officials approved a plan to repave the parking lot.
The pavilion plans also require for the construction of an ADA-compliant restroom. The restroom will sit in the middle of the pavilion.
“The restroom will be open during the farmers market and during town business hours,” said Gaylord.
Gaylord also said the pavilion will have access to electricity.
The pavilion will be placed in the south side of the town parking lot. The placement removes about 20 parking spaces from Town Hall. Gaylord expects 100 parking spots will remain.
Gaylord is pushing for the project to be completed by the end of the year.
Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @newsgonz.