Council votes in favor of new city hall

Clarksville residents voiced their opinions on the city hall situation at the council meeting Monday. (Bethany Carson photo.)

The Clarksville Council met on October 2 with two possible resolutions: to renovate and remodel city hall (bringing it up to AVA standards) or to construct a new city hall. After comments from the community, the council majority voted for a new city hall. But what exactly that new city hall will be is still a matter for discussion.

     During the public hearing, resident Larry Voights asked for figures on insurance.

     Mayor Val Swinton said structural insurance alone will pay $150,000.  The total amount the city will receive as an insurance payout is not yet known. Insurance has already advanced $50,000 for items needed immediately—new computers and printers. But to repair the old city hall and bring it up to AVA standards as required would cost an estimated $450,000. To build a new building would cost an estimated $500,000 to $550,000. That estimate does not include demolition of the old building.

     Resident Bruce Lodge asked if the city had looked at the option of leasing a city hall, as apparently, the city of Plainfield has done. He also suggested selling the current city hall, so as not to have to deal with the cost of tearing it down.


Read more in the October 5th edition of the STAR.