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City Hall Open For Business

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By Joe Foreman, Editor

Nothing out of the ordinary on the agenda and a  handful of people in the audience.

    At first glance, last Tuesday’s meeting of the Glenwood City Council had the look of just another meeting, but as council member Craig Florian stated near the conclusion of the meeting, “History’s being made tonight.”
    It was a night of historic significance because the council was meeting for the first time in its new chambers in the new City Hall.
    Glenwood’s new City Hall officially opened for business at 5 N. Vine  St. last Monday, July 23. The building previously housed the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
    “It (the move) was hectic,” Brian Kissel, the city’s director of finance said. “But, we think it’s a good step for the city. It gives us much more needed room for all departments.
    “With every move comes challenges and we hope to be back to normal in the next couple of weeks. We’re thankful for the volunteers and staff that have helped with the move.”
    The upper level of the new City Hall building houses city staff, council chambers and the Glenwood Municipal Utilities Office (with a separate address of 7 N. Vine). Later this month, the Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce is expected to move its offices into the building.
    “The water department absolutely loves this place,” Kissel said. “This move is a great opportunity for everyone involved. We’re going to be there for many, many years. It’s a decision the city made the right choice on.”
    With upper-level renovations of the building complete, the focus now turns to the lower level of the structure that will eventually house the Glenwood Police Department. Construction work is expected to be completed in the fall and the police department should be in its new home by mid-December, Kissel said.
    The city has scheduled an auction for Aug. 25 for the sale of its old City Hall building at 107 S. Locust St., the current police station at 209 Sharp St. and the vacated outdoor swimming pool property on North Elm Street.
    More details about the auction will be made available to the public in the coming days.