Technical disputes regarding the Batesville Civic Center could keep the city from taking control of the facility before the end of the month.
Girault Jones of Jones-Zander, the architects for the project, told the board that partial occupancy would be a possibility if they would take control prior to the asphalt and other minor details being completed.
"I think we all want to get things done as soon as possible," Jones said.
Jones also said painting of the concourse in the facility had been suggested, but it was not a necessity.
"You can get by without it," he said. "I think we all agree it would look better, but it is something that would have to be repainted every few years."
Jones said the cost for the painting would be an additional $5,000.
"I don’t see why we should pay and extra $5,000 to get that painted if it is something we are going to have to keep doing," Alderman James Yelton said. "With as many people as we are hoping using the building, there will be a lot of wear and tear."
After passing on the extra expenditure, the city took up the dispute about gas supplied to the Civic Center.
"We have looked at it and while the specs called for five pounds of gas pressure to run the equipment, it has been determined that only two pounds will be needed," gas superintendent William Wilson said.
Yelton said he could not understand why the original specs called for five pounds and now they have decided to change it.
"It bothers me that five pounds is what they originally asked for and now we’re being told he can run all of that equipment on just two pounds," he said.
Mayor Bobby Baker said the city feels like they set a contract and the contractor came back saying he can do it with less.
Jones said everything is up to code and has been followed exactly as it was specified.
Wilson said one reason for the change is because the city requires all pipes running more than two pounds of pressure to be welded.
"That is what is set forth in the code," he said. "And that is what the city has made everyone else do."
Jones said the welding is not specified in the state code, but added since it was the city’s building it would be handled the way they wanted.
"The 2003 code does not say anything about the pipes having to be welded, but it is your building," he said.
Alderman Rufus Manley asked Wilson if he was satisfied with the two pounds of pressure instead of the five pounds originally requested.
"We will continue to supply five pounds of pressure to the building," Wilson answered. "Once it goes into the building they will have a regulator and can reduce it to two pounds."
Jones said the contractor was not being let off the hook for anything.
"The main conflict is the welding of the pipes," he said. "It would cost approximately $68,000 to weld all of the pipes in the ceiling."
"The problem is he doesn’t want to rip out all of those pipes and rework them if he doesn’t have to," said Alderman Bobbie Jean Pounders.
Jones said he believed it would have been resolved easier had it been done before the permit was issued.