"It is not a mile away from being completely finished, but there is probably still a couple months worth of work that needs to be done," Coffey said. "There have been a number of weather delays and miscellaneous construction items that have popped up."
On the outside, the only major structural element that is missing is a band of composite material that goes under the eaves of the building. A recent shipment of the material arrived damaged and had to be shipped back to the factory.
Much of the concrete around the front of the building needs to be poured as well. Coffey said freezing temperatures can have an impact on when the remaining concrete can be poured.
Inside work awaits
Inside, painting, installation of furniture such as desks, final electrical work and some flooring still need to be completed. Coffey said some of those jobs can be completed fairly quickly but cannot be done simultaneously.
"Looking at it, it's hard to tell, but they are very close to being completely done with the inside," Coffey said. "Especially with the inside, you are just looking at a lot of jobs that can't be piled on top of one another. The painting has to be done before the carpet goes in and so on."
City Manager Paul Stansbury said once a firm date for completion is set, city hall and police department staff can begin planning their moves.
Stansbury said city staff have received layouts of the new facility and have begun to plan for furniture and other equipment. The move into the new building probably can be done over a weekend, he said.
Until the facility is completed, the city is leasing a temporary location from Kentucky Trust Co. Representatives of Kentucky Trust have indicated the lease can be extended into the first quarter of 2010.
The city hall project is still within its roughly $7 million budget. However, Stansbury said the 365-day performance contract with Codell, which is set to end this week, will have to be reviewed to determine what construction delays may have been avoidable.
"We are most focused on getting the work done right now," Stansbury said.