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Marble Falls City Council approves construction contract for new visitor center

MARBLE FALLS — The cost of a new visitor center proposed at the corner of Second Street and U.S. 281 in Marble Falls came in almost $200,000 over the estimate, but city officials found ways to cut the cost while locating additional money for the structure.

The council voted to award the project to Mike McClung Builders, who bid $1.44 million. It was the “lowest, best bid” of three submitted, but City Manager Ralph Hendricks pointed out it still was more than the $1.2 million budgeted through bonds for the 4,400-square-foot structure. But the council added the caveat that the project cost be reigned in a bit.