Barton Hills Village, Michigan

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October 1, 2008



October 1, 2008

The special meeting of the Board of Trustees was called to order by President Laporte at 5:04 PM at the Village Administration Centerbuilding. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss matters pertaining to the Village Administration Center Project.

ROLL CALL Present: Trustees Al-Awar, Boddie, Butterwick, Langford, Laporte, Lindstrom and MacKrell. Absent: Trustees Bogat and Wilkes.

Others attending: ZPA Perry, Asst. Treasurer Redies, Supt. Esch and resident Nat Surovell (consultant).

Discussion centered on the interior painting of the VAC and whether changes should be made in the work already completed (one primer coat, one finish coat on all walls and ceilings). Cost for repainting everything except the ceilings, storerooms and basement stairwell would be about 2/3 the cost of the original or about $4,700; cost of repainting the meeting room alone would be about $800. It was agreed that because the overall project was under budget in other areas, the cost should not be a significant factor in the decisions being made about the paint.

It was noted that the lighting in various parts of the building made a noticeable difference in the shade of the wall colors. It was also agreed that the ceiling, storage rooms and stairwell were fine and did not need to be repainted. Mr. Esch and Mrs. Redies were unhappy with the colors in their offices and would prefer them to be the same as the ceiling color. Motion Mr. Lindstrom moved that the Superintendentís and Treasurerís office walls be repainted the same color as the ceilings. Mr. Butterwick seconded; the motion carried.

Regarding the terra cotta color of the foyer, hallway and restrooms, Mrs. MacKrell explained the thinking of the committee (Trustees MacKrell and Laporte and interior design consultant Nat Surovell) that the color would continue the terra cotta of the exterior brick. The interior would be warm and lively instead of dull, an important factor on gray Michigandays. The choice was made to provide a distinguished interior rather than an ordinary, neutral theme. Those unhappy with this choice stated that while the colors would be lovely in a private home, they were too bold for a public facility, given the wide range of the general publicís taste in decorating. Motion Mr. Lindstrom moved that the foyer, hallway and restrooms be repainted a more neutral color. Mr. Al-Awar seconded; the motion carried with Mrs. MacKrell voting no.

The blue-green color of the meeting room was then considered. Again opinion varied from support for a wonderful color to feelings that it was too intense to be appropriate for a public building. Motion Mrs. MacKrell moved that the meeting room be left the color it is painted. Mr. Lindstrom seconded. The motion failed with Trustees Butterwick, Lindstrom and MacKrell voting yes; Trustees Al-Awar, Boddie, Langford and Laporte voting no.

Samples of the proposed floor coverings were displayed (one carpet sample and three tile samples). Motion Mrs. MacKrell moved that the carpet sample displayed, and the darker tile sample be approved for the Village Administration Center. Mr. Butterwick seconded; the motion carried with Mr. Al-Awar voting no.

In discussing what colors to repaint, it was suggested that the committee bring back a few choices of neutral shades harmonious with the ceiling color for consideration. Several Trustees spoke in support of a buff color similar to the one currently in the Superintendentís office, although it was noted that the same color looks more gray in the artificial light of the storage rooms. It was also noted that the darkest of the three samples painted on the foyer wall was as dark as the choices should be. It was agreed that the committee should have two or three new samples painted on the wall, with a paper provided so Trustees could indicate their preferences. While Mrs. Esch liked the blue-green color of her office, she agreed that it should be repainted to be consistent with the rest of the building, and requested a shade with some color in it rather than the white of the ceiling.

Motion Mr. Boddie moved the meeting be adjourned at 5:52 PM. Mr. Butterwick seconded; the motion carried.

Janice K. Esch, Deputy Clerk