After initially protesting the modern look, council has now approved this plan for the new city hall.

Forsyth hired Pellicano Construction of Macon as the contractor for its new $4.6 million city hall on Feb. 3. Council voted to award the contract to Pellicano Construction, the lowest bidder, for a total of $4,653,873 on the recommendation of Clark Nexsen, the city’s architect for the project.

A letter to city manager Janice Hall from Aaron Brumo of Clark Nexsen said he opened five pre-qualified bids on Jan. 27 and recommended Pellicano since the project is within budget.

Pellicano Construction is based in Albany and has offices in Athens, Atlanta and Macon. Michael Garrison, senior Vice President of Operations for Pellicano, attended the Forsyth council meeting on Feb. 3 to answer questions. He said he expects to have a groundbreaking on Tuesday, March 3 and anticipates completion of the city hall in 10-12 months. He said that time estimate includes normal weather delays. 

Hall said Pellicano’s base bid is $4,639,000 and the city added an emergency generator to the project at a cost of $14,873. She said the next lowest bid was $4,996,250. Hall said the emergency generator will not provide power to the whole city hall but would run lights, computers and some of the air conditioning in the building. 

Hall said in addition to the base bid, bidders were given the option of bidding on three alternatives, including the emergency generator. One option had to do with an alternative to wallpaper in the lobby. The other option was for a 42-inch black-coated chain link fence in back of the building beside the parking lot. Hall said its cost is $13,500. She said the city will need to build a fence eventually for the protection of pedestrians and that a railing is needed. 

“If you go with vinyl coating, we’ll have to give ourselves a variance,” said Hall. 

Council decided to delay decisions on fencing. A council member asked Hall if any of the bidders were companies in Monroe County and she said they were not.

Forsyth received bids on city hall from five of seven pre-qualified contractors: Albior ($5,232,000), Garbutt ($5,238,000), Pellicano (4,639,000), Renfroe (4,996,250) and Sheridan ($5,148,000). Lovvron and Warren were pre-qualified but did not submit bids.