- Published on Tuesday, 21 January 2003 19:59
- Written by Scott Wong - Town Crier Staff Writer
The Los Altos Hills town hall committee Jan. 14 revived the mission-style design left for dead last November.
The 10-member committee, intent on lowering the cost of the design and construction from the original $4.9 million figure, finally agreed on $3.5 million.
Discussion of the rival citizens' style exposed some bitter feelings carried over from the November election.
"When you went through the details, 'half the height and half the cost' rang a little false to the people with the numbers," said Councilman Mike O'Malley, who serves on the committee as a financial advisor.
The committee is composed of an unlikely cast of political players who have all had a role in the decision-making process for the new town hall design. Breene Kerr and Dean Warshawsky said they were opposed to spending more money on the mission-style town hall until more citizen input had been gathered.
Planning Commissioners Bill Kerns and Carl Cotrell, who serve on the committee, voted to approve the mission-style design last July. Kerns lost the city council race last November to the two new councilmen.
The committee agreed that a "rehabilitated" version of the mission-style design, approved by council last August, will be one of four architectural styles presented to residents. Others will reflect rural, Craftsman and sustainable architectural styles. The town has already paid architect John Goldman over $350,000 in design and construction development costs.
Kerr, however, pointed to the fact that the town has $5-$6 million in unallocated reserves.
"We're not a family that wants to build a $5 million house but only has $500,000," he said.
The committee has planned to display the four architectural styles of town hall through the Internet and have residents respond by returning a town-sponsored mailing.