At the March 2 meeting of the Chilton Common Council, the council approved pursuing a needs analysis study for the City Hall complex.

Director of Public Works Chris Marx facilitated a conversation with the council regarding some of the current issues at City Hall. Marx shared that the office and community center portion of the building was added in 1996 and there are now issues that need attention, including fire protection.

Marx said he is interested in finding out what level of needs analysis the city would be able to fund to prepare a proper repair and/ or improvement plan. Marx informed the council that he had spoken with the original contractor and engineer from Excel Engineering. These entities are available to assist the city in developing a needs analysis.

City staff members have assembled lists that gauge needs versus wants. During council discussion, a conversation developed looking at current needs versus options for remodeling and the better use of open space. Marx noted that the study would cost about $20,000.

Councilpersons Michael Goebel and Andrew Deehr commented on the needs for the Police Department. Councilperson Clayton Thronber addressed his interest in a long-range plan versus a fix-it plan.

Ultimately, the council agreed that a thorough analysis of the facility would be better served than a fix-it list. It was directed that the study should address future needs and security issues. Mayor Tom Reinl informed the council that funds do exist that could offset the cost of the study/analysis.

A motion was made by Councilperson Goebel and seconded by Councilperson Deehr to authorize Director Marx in continuing to work with engineering contractors and/or design consultation firms to create a request for proposal for a future Needs Analysis Study of the City Hall/Community Center/Police/Fire Department facility.

(For more on this story please see the March 18 issue of the Tri-County News.)

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