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JANESVILLE

The fourth floor of City Hall will be closed for renovations through Aug. 1, forcing weekly meetings to temporarily change locations.

Here is a list of relocated meetings and polling places:

  • Janesville City Council meetings will be held at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the Central Fire Station conference room, 303 Milton Ave.
  • Plan commission meetings will be held at 6 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month in the Central Fire Station conference room. These meetings previously started at 6:30 p.m.
  • Historic commission meetings will be held at 5:15 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month in City Hall’s third-floor conference room, 18 N. Jackson St.
  • Alcohol license advisory committee meetings will be held at 8 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month in the Janesville Police Department conference room, 100 N. Jackson St. The only exception is next month’s meeting, which is April 10, the second Tuesday of the month.
  • Zoning board of appeals meetings will be held at 6 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Central Fire Station conference room.
  • Community development authority meetings will be held at 5:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month in the Janesville Police Department conference room.
  • A transportation committee meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, in the Janesville Police Department conference room.
  • The polling place for Ward 3 and Ward 4 for the April 3 and Aug. 14 elections will be on the first floor of City Hall.

City Hall is getting a new roof and several upgrades to its council chambers, which haven’t been improved since City Hall was built 50 years ago.

New doors will be installed with glass panes to make it easy for residents outside meetings to see what’s happening inside. The city plans to install a video monitor outside the chambers to give residents a live feed of meetings.

A sloped ceiling will be installed to give the illusion of a stepped look, in which the audience is looking down at the council dais.

Instead of projecting a screen onto the council chambers’ side wall, two monitors will be installed in the corners behind the council dais so residents can face forward during presentations. Votes will be displayed on the monitors, making the wooden voting board obsolete.

The dais itself will be curved more so council members can easily address each other. The system of buttons council members use to vote or indicate they want to speak also will be upgraded.

Another lectern will be made available in the middle of the room to accompany the two on the sides. Technology upgrades will make it easier for hearing-impaired residents to listen to meetings.

The city also will wall off a small office space for council members and staff to use.

Major construction will begin in April and end in June. Further audio visual work will be complete by Aug. 3, which is the 50th anniversary of City Hall’s dedication.

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