CAMANCHE — Members of the Camanche community and city council have begun looking into what should be done with the current city hall.
“We need to do something. The question is what?” Camanche City Administrator Tom Roth said during a committee meeting Tuesday night.
The first step was identifying what problems exist in the current city hall and if they could be addressed by renovating the location. The committee created a list of priorities to have an architect look over, give an opinion if they are feasible in the building and formulate estimated cost.
The committee -- composed of Councilman Trevor Willis, Councilman Gregg Nelson, Joe Carstensen, Bob Edens, Brian McKenrick, Ray Gruever and Kim Stoll -- toured the building Tuesday night, with Roth pointing out some of the problems. He felt the building is marginally functional at best.
“Functionality is most important to me, because when we’re done we have to have something that meets our needs,” Roth said.
One of the biggest problems pointed out during the tour was the building’s layout. Mayor Ken Fahlbeck was concerned by the location of Roth’s office. He felt Roth’s office should be away from the door, so he was not disturbed as often. City Clerk Sheryl Jindrich and Roth did not like how closed off the clerk’s office is. Roth said if someone was causing problems in Jindrich’s office, he might not even know it. Roth also felt council chambers should be larger.
Roth and Jindrich told the committee that the building is cold in the winter and hot in the summer. The employees run five electric space heaters in the winter. Fahlbeck pointed out the gaps at the base boards. Edens noted that the windows are part of the problem.
Another major issue that Fahlbeck pointed out are cracks in the all of the blocks in the exterior of the building. Councilman Gary Kampe looked into tuckpointing to fix the problem a few years ago. Fahlbeck said the cost was quite expensive. He pointed out that the topic of city hall has been discussed before, but nothing has been done due to cost or because the city had too many projects on its plate at the time.