Renovations complete on Republic City Hall lobby

About two months after it was started, $75,000 worth of work on Republic City Hall’s customer service lobby is complete, and the city’s utility billing operations, which were temporarily held at the Public Works facility, have been moved back home.
Mike Landis, the city’s public information officer, said the lobby is now more accessible for the city’s customers.
“The upgrades have been needed for quite some time, and planning had been in the works for more than a year,” he said. “The previous, outdated configuration dated back several decades to when the building was a bank. The setup presented several issues, including inadequate accessibility for all customers and staff members. Furthermore, the lobby provided a less than ideal arrangement when it came to the safety and security of everyone. The project has resulted in better access and enhanced security measures for employees and patrons. It also allows for more efficient use of office space, and improvements to bring the area into compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.”
Republic residents will vote on whether to fund a new city hall on Tuesday, April 2. Landis said that even if city residents vote to have a new city hall built, the renovations to the current city hall were still necessary.
“Work on the remodel wrapped up just two months before Republic voters decide on a ballot initiative that would fund (among other things) the construction of a brand-new city hall complex. It should be noted that, even if voters approve the measure on Tuesday, April 2, it would still take two to three years of planning and construction before the new facility would open. Whether it be for the interim of the long-term, the recent modifications will address those immediate safety and accessibility concerns that will only become more pressing as the community continues to grow.”
Landis also said that the city staff thanks everybody for their patience during the renovations and believe the lobby upgrades will customers a more enjoyable experience when they come to city hall.
“The City of Republic staff appreciates everyone’s patience during the project,” he said. “We’re excited about the upgrades, which will help us provide you with best possible customer service experience.”

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