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2018-02-07 / Local

City Hall renovation nears completion

By Gregory Ripps
Wilson County News


Floresville City Manager Henrietta Turner notes two major changes to the city council chambers: a ramp to the raised area where council members sit and the removal of a post that interrupted view of council proceedings. The remaining post is load-bearing, and could not be removed. 
GREGORY RIPPS/Reprints at bit.ly/wcnphotos Floresville City Manager Henrietta Turner notes two major changes to the city council chambers: a ramp to the raised area where council members sit and the removal of a post that interrupted view of council proceedings. The remaining post is load-bearing, and could not be removed. GREGORY RIPPS/Reprints at bit.ly/wcnphotos Renovations to Floresville City Hall are expected to be completed the week of Feb. 21.

The project began in August after the Floresville City Council approved two construction packages, totaling just under $992,000, for improvements to City Hall and the Floresville Police Department building.

Debra J. Dockery Architects has been overseeing the construction, carried out by CCB Commercial and Henock Construction LLC.

Floresville City Manager Henrietta Turner said the projects were “on budget.”

“There were a few change orders, but that was expected,” she said.

The renovations include Americans with Disabilities Act and health, safety, and welfare improvements that must be completed as a condition for the city to receive U.S. Department of Agriculture funding for its water system improvement project.


An emergency exit with a ramp is one of a number of safety and accessibility improvements included in the renovation of Floresville City Hall. The project began last August; the city anticipates the building will open for business in April. 
GREGORY RIPPS/Reprints at bit.ly/wcnphotos An emergency exit with a ramp is one of a number of safety and accessibility improvements included in the renovation of Floresville City Hall. The project began last August; the city anticipates the building will open for business in April. GREGORY RIPPS/Reprints at bit.ly/wcnphotos Council members decided against installing a new roof, due to costs, but did include overhead repairs that closed easy access by vermin.

“We won’t have to worry about creatures crawling in the ceiling above us any more,” Turner noted, referring to insects and small rodents that infiltrated the building in the past.

Renovations also include interior reconfigurations designed to ease citizen access to services and improve use of space for city employees.

Turner said that although the work should be finished before the end of February, the building probably will not be open for business until April, after city staff and employees complete their move-in.

Most city offices have been operating in three temporary buildings on a lot next to City Hall.

gripps@wcn-online.com

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