Committee chooses site for new city hall in Edgerton
The Edgerton Ad-Hoc City Hall Committee at its meeting Wednesday night chose the parking lot at the corner of Albion and Fulton streets, next to the existing municipal building, as the best site to build a new city hall.
The current building was 50 years old when the city bought it in 1950. A 2001 facility study recommended building a new city hall in the downtown historic district, and a mason told the city last summer that the current building’s walls need to be rebuilt.
The committee, made of city officials and residents, started meeting in February. It considered remodeling the existing building but quickly ruled it out, said Alderman Casey Burns, chairman. The building is deteriorating and doesn’t have nearly enough space for offices and records, he said.
“We realized it’s way beyond repair, and with budget time coming up, we really want to see if we can get things narrowed down so we don’t have to appropriate more money (to fix the building),” he said.
The committee narrowed its options to three before choosing the municipal parking lot. The other two options were:
-- Building a new facility on property owned by Peter Burno at the corner of Lawton and Main streets.
-- Remodeling the Masonic Lodge, 312 W. Fulton St. The lodge told the committee it might be willing to sell the building to the city.
The municipal lot seemed like the best option because the city already owns it, Burns said.
“Everybody kind of agreed that we’d rather not lease land, and there was some indecision about the people who own the Masonic Lodge,” Burns said. “At this point in the process, we weren’t going to wait.”
The city council has asked the committee to issue a report in fall, and officials have discussed the possibility of a holding a referendum next year, Burns said.
The committee postponed a decision Wednesday on an architectural firm to help with pre-referendum design work. Three firms—Angus-Young Associates, Eppstein Uhen Architects and MSA Professional Services—replied to the city’s request for proposals, but the committee still has questions about the proposals, Burns said.
City Administrator Ramona Flanigan will research the questions, and the committee will meet again at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26.
Burns declined to say what the firms proposed to charge for their services. The city budgeted $20,000 in its 2008 budget to study city hall.
“We want to make sure we spend the money wisely because we only get one shot at this, and this is the first time in 50 years anyone has had the opportunity to do so,” he said.