City Hall Work Complete At Calhoun City

Next week will be the last on the square for Calhoun City’s City Hall.
The offices have been located in the old Factory Connection building on
the west side of the square for the past nine months, but they will
close Oct. 12-17 to make the move back home to the newly renovated
complex on South Monroe street.


cityhall.jpgBy JOEL McNEECE
Next week will be the last on the square for Calhoun City’s City Hall. The offices have been located in the old Factory Connection building on the west side of the square for the past nine months, but they will close Oct. 12-17 to make the move back home to the newly renovated complex on South Monroe street.
“We’re going to miss our view here on the square, but we’re excited about moving back into our new building,” City Clerk Faye Spratlin said. “It’s so pretty.”
“The original hardwood floors that were restored seem to be the first thing catching everyone’s eye that sees the new building,” Mayor J.R. Denton said. “The whole building has been restored to its original look, from the floors to the tongue and groove ceilings.”
“I’ve been in a lot of City Halls and this is as nice as any I’ve seen,” Mayor Denton said. “We’re very proud of it.”
In addition to the many interior improvements, the outside has undergone some major changes with the main entrance changed to the north side of the building with steps leading up to the front door.
The former main entrance on the east side was also remodeled with a larger porch area featuring large columns.
The $409,000 project was assisted with $160,000 in grants from the state and USDA Rural Development. City workers have begun moving some smaller items back into the new building, but the big move will be Oct. 12-17 when the city will close its temporary office on the square to move all of the contents over.
During that week all water bills will have to be mailed or put under the door of the temporary City Hall on the square.
Spratlin said the city hopes to obtain historic landmark status for the renovated city hall. The building was first built in the 1940s by the Works Progress Administration. The city is also planning an open house for December to allow the public to come and enjoy the new city headquarters.
The first day of business in the new building will be Monday, Oct. 20.

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