On Wednesday, the Texoma Community Center Board will meet at noon at 315 W. McLain in Sherman. On the agenda are competing bids for renovations for a new property in Denison.

On Wednesday, the Texoma Community Center Board will meet at noon at 315 W. McLain in Sherman. On the agenda are competing bids for renovations for a new property in Denison.


The property, located at 102 Memorial Drive, will be used for residential, crisis respite and extended treatment and training for the mentally disabled.


The Community Center received two bids for the project from AMX Construction and Specialty Services and Scott Reid, General Contractors, both of Dallas. The bids are "top-end" expectations, with final costs expected to be lower.


AMX submitted an estimate of $429,171 while Scott and Reid submitted an estimate for $457,268.44. The Board has asked for clarification from from Scott and Reid if the estimate includes work on a large deck on the rear of the property, which is included in the AMX estimate. If it is not, the Board expects that it would increase the bid by approximately $20,000.


The project is estimated to cost at least $75,000 more than initial estimates due to new plumbing codes adopted by the city of Denison that require full sprinkler systems in group residential programs. The structure may also require renovations to its sewer line.


The project will primarily be paid with funds from the Center’s 1115 Medicaid waiver.


The project is expected to take 35 to 40 days to complete, with a tentative completion date of Jan. 17.


The Board is expected to start its discussion and search for a new executive director to replace current Director Tony Maddox, who is expected to retire between Sept. 1 and Oct. 1. Maddox has worked with the Center for 18 years. The search could cost between $2,000 and $3,000 in travel, food and lodging for potential candidates.


The Board is also expected to consider a recommendation to give staff an additional paid day off and a $25 gift card as a holiday bonus. If the day off is granted, the Center will be officially closed on Dec. 24-25 with crisis staff staying on duty.


The Board will also vote to approve the center’s revised budget for October.