“We’ve shoved it off to the side and here we are today,” Fahlbeck said.
Other issues that came up were the lack of storage, the asbestos in some of the flooring, code issues and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance issues. Roth felt the committee also had to consider the aesthetics of city hall.
“We don’t have to have Shangri-La, but I don’t think it ought to be something we’re ashamed of and I think this building is getting to that point quite honestly,” Roth said. “If you come in from out of town and this is your first impression of Camanche, you’re not going to leave with a real favorable one, I don’t think.”
Carstensen felt one of the things in favor for the city hall is the location. He did not want to see it moved to the other side of the railroad tracks like the fire and police departments were. Jindrich disagreed, saying many people tell her that they do not know where city hall is. McKenrick pointed out this could be because it does not look like a city hall.
The committee agreed to ask the architect about ways to make the council chambers larger, update the heating and cooling systems, have a more functional layout and address the condition of the exterior walls. They also wanted information on the condition of the roof. Making the building ADA compliant, improving the windows and the entrance and adding a kitchenette and break room were other points to bring to the architect.
The committee is looking into other possible locations. However, everyone agreed that before considering a new location, they need to know if the current building can be renovated to meet the city’s needs for a reasonable cost.
The committee will meet again on May 22 if the architect has all of the information ready at that time.