Denmark City Council OKs bid of $39,678 to furnish new city hall

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DENMARK  –  Denmark City Council voted to spend $39,678.12 for furniture for the new Denmark City Hall. Council approved the low bid submitted by Rhoad and Sons Furniture of Denmark, it was reported at the February meeting. According to estimates and ranges of the furniture bid summary document distributed at the meeting, the furniture and furnishings for Council Chambers will cost approximately $11,600; the furniture for six offices will range from $2,000-$7,000 each; the breakroom furniture will cost $1,400, and the lobby furniture will also cost $1,400.

 “Seventy-five percent ($29,758,59) of the cost of the furniture is part of a grant the City of Denmark has from Rural Development,” City Administrator Heyward Robinson said, noting that the remaining $9,919.53 will have to be covered by another grant or city funds.Robinson also reported a letter of support was requested from the city for grants from the Rosenwald Foundation to renovate the historic African-American Rosenwald School, circa 1930-1931, which is located across from Denmark-Olar Elementary School on Voorhees Road, for use as a community center.

According to the foundation, the structure is in a state of deterioration. Council approved sending the letter.  In other business, Mayor Dr. Gerald Wright reported 4,300 linear feet of PVC piping, which would be run between Denmark and Bamberg, had been offered to the city by the Bamberg Board of Public Works “It is positioned where it could be of more use to Denmark,” Wright said, especially in terms of supplying water to fire hydrants along that stretch.

CouncilwomanHope Long Weldon asked about the cost, and Robinson noted further discussion was needed regarding the offer. Weldon’s motion to table action on the offer was seconded and approved by council.Also, council approved a request by the mayor to draft a resolution in support of Denmark Technical College remaining a standalone institution.

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