Underwood City Hall is shifting to a brand new house.
Renovation has began on an extended vacant constructing within the coronary heart of the enterprise district to home metropolis workplaces. The new location at 241 Third St. will supply more area and visibility for residents than the present workplace on Second Street, stated Jill Willard, metropolis clerk/administrator.
The constructing is 32 ft large and 96 ft lengthy, and has been vacant for a number of years after efforts to appeal to startup companies didn’t pan out, in accordance to Willard. The constructing is already owned by the group, with the plumbing and electrical wiring intact, so renovation prices shall be minimal, she stated.
After reviewing the plans, the Underwood City Council authorised the move late final yr and renovation started in January.
Through the primary door, residents can be greeted on the service desk by Willard or by Deputy City Clerk Jan Ehrens. The desk may also be handicap accessible with room for wheelchairs to come proper up to the desk for more comfort.
Willard’s workplace will function glass pane doorways.
“The whole intent is to make sure the clerk is visible and accessible,” she stated.
There will probably be an workplace for the mayor and the City Council chamber room. Besides getting used for official authorities enterprise, the room can be rented out for social gatherings like birthday events or yoga courses.
The Public Works Department could have its personal workplace within the again. Other facilities will embrace a locked file room, a kitchenette and cabinets for storing archive paperwork.
An open home date might be introduced later this spring or summer time, Willard stated.
“This location gives a lot more visibility for the residents,” she stated. “And, we’re only moving one block, so we won’t be hard to find.”