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New committee will study aging city hall

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Stacy Vogel
February 20, 2008
— “All options are on the table” for a new committee charged with studying what to do with the aging city hall building, Edgerton Mayor Erik Thompson said.

The committee meets for the first time tonight.


Thompson appointed city officials and three residents to the committee with the city council’s approval Monday. The council wants the committee to create a report detailing options for the facility by fall, Thompson said.


The city set aside $20,000 in its 2008 budget to study city hall after a mason told city staff last summer that the walls needed rebuilding.


The facility at 12 Albion St. is more than 100 years old, though it has been renovated.


The ad hoc committee will examine options that include renovation, rebuilding and building on a new site, Thompson said. It also will look at other possible uses for the current building, such as a senior center or a veterans building, he said.


“This committee, their No. 1 task is not to say we need a new city hall,” he said. “It’s to do a thorough analysis of the current facility, what the needs of the current city hall is.”


Committee members’ first step will be to look at a city hall analysis done a few years ago to see what’s still relevant, Thompson said. The committee also will recommend a consultant to help the city investigate its options.


The committee will discuss a timeline and organizational issues tonight, but it probably won’t start looking for a consultant until after the April elections.


Thompson encouraged all city residents to get involved.


“The more input we can get, the better decisions we can make,” he said. “It’s what we’re elected to do.”


COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Here are the members of the Edgerton Ad-hoc City Hall Committee:


-- Mayor Erik Thompson


-- Alderman Casey Burns


-- Joan Fox, plan commission member


-- Jim Kapellen, plan commission and redevelopment authority member


-- Larry MacKenzie, resident member


-- Mark Gregory, resident member


-- Jay Peterson, resident member


-- Alderman Chris Lund, alternate council representative


-- Steve French, alternate resident member



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