- Phase Two, renovate the existing city hall for a police station, 911 dispatchers and communications, planning and zoning and code enforcement.
- Phase Three, renovate the central fire station for the fire department.
Commissioner Terry Crowley said he worries that city hall can't be adapted for police. He said the reason city hall is getting a new building is because the existing one is an inefficient use of space.
Peek worries the same thing because preliminary sketches he saw did not work for his space.
"I have a huge concern," he said.
City Manager Darrell Blenniss said the square-footage at the existing city hall is more than the police will need. The architects explained that the building will be gutted and rebuilt.
"I'm concerned that (Peek) has not been consulted because that's the reason we're building this (municipal complex)," said Commissioner Kevin Caudill.
"I'm a little disappointed that a line has been drawn ... that we're going to take care of city business first," Crowley said.
The total cost of the project is $4.6 million. Optional features, an elevator and a basement bring the cost to about $5.3 million.
Blenniss told commissioners a 20-year bond issue for $4.5 million will cost the city $325,000 a year.
The city will pay the architects about $19,200 for preliminary design of the first phase. The architects will submit a cost for the design of Phase Two, details on the renovation of city hall for a police station, at the city's next meeting Nov. 8.
The costs are based on the final construction price, so the architects' fees will be adjusted at the end of the project. All fees are just estimates at this phase of the project, said Monica Sumner, an architect with Brandstetter Carroll.
Resident Mary Elizabeth Freeman asked commissioners to keep an eye on the architects' fees. She reminded them that for every extra $1,000 they spend on the project, the architects get $80.
Freeman also said she doesn't like the design of the new building. "It doesn't look like anything else downtown," she said.
The design includes a clock over the main entrance that Mayor John W.D. Bowling said can become a Danville landmark.
At Bowling's suggestion, Sumner said they will work with the city's Architectural Review Board on the design.