Space needs subject of Jan. 5 meeting
The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m., in the lower level of the Weyauwega Public Library.
"It's been an ongoing discussion for about two years," City Administrator Sheryl Scheuermann said."
In September, the Common Council voted to hire Cedar Corporation to complete a review of space needs.
Scheuermann said an engineer from the company met with council members, city staff and community members to learn the city's space needs. Included in the discussion were senior citizens and members of the historical society and Weyauwega Area Chamber of Commerce.
Cedar Corporation then put together three options to meet the city's space needs.
All three options would require the purchase of property. Two buildings next to City Hall are available.
The estimated costs for each of the options do not include land acquisition and assume that construction would start next fall.
The proposals are:
• A two-story building on two lots. The square footage would total 15,660, with the project cost estimated at $2.08 million.
• A two-story building on three lots. The estimated cost of the 17,820-square-foot project is $1.85 million.
• A one-story building on three lots. The estimated cost of the 9,150-square-foot project is $1.69 million.
The current City Hall on Main Street is a two-story building. City Hall is located in the street-level space, with the police department and storage on the second level of the building.
The building, which was constructed in the early 1900s, was a fire station at one time, Scheuermann said.
With two properties next to City Hall becoming available, discussion about the city's space needs is in the forefront.
"The council and I agreed that City Hall is cramped at this point," she said.
The city rents space from First Presbyterian Church on election days and uses the meeting room in the lower level of the library for city committee and council meetings.
Scheuermann said the city has been putting money aside for the remodeling and expansion of City Hall. "By 2012, we will have about $300,000 set aside to put toward the project," she said.
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