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Octagon building refurbishing approved without bids

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By Jeff M. Hardison

Thanks to a recommendation from Chiefland Building and Zoning Director Bill Hammond, local contractor Jerry Orenchak received a city-financed project priced in the range of $3,000 to $4,400 without having to bid.

The Chiefland City Commission unanimously voted on Jan. 14 to refurbish the old octagon building. Orenchak is the man hired to restore the historic structure.

Built in the 1920s, the octagon building was once City Hall. It was the City Library, Chamber of Commerce and Woman's Club at various points in the past 80 years too. The very first Rural Electric Agency meeting in Chiefland was held in that building. It has been used for Boy Scouts and the Chiefland Area Athletic Association to some extent as well.

On Oct. 22, 2007, the City Commission asked for suggestions and comments regarding the future use of the building. Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library Treasurer Grace Andersen let the city know this group wants to use the building to display and sell books. Proceeds would go to benefit the library.

No other group came forward.


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