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April 27, 2013

Committee will look at new city hall

CAMANCHE — A committee will be formed to look into a new Camanche City Hall location.

The Camanche City Council met Wednesday for a work session on what to do about the state of the current city hall. The council agreed to form a committee with members of the planning and zoning board, the board of adjustment and members of the community.

Councilmen Greg Nelson and Gary Kampe also will sit on the committee, along with City Administrator Tom Roth and City Clerk Sheryl Jindrich.

Jindrich told the council that the current location is embarassing. She pointed out that the baseboards are coming off and there is asbestos in the floor. The building is also cold, she said. The council also wanted to be able to move Roth into an office that is not right next to the hallway, where he is distracted.

Councilman Paul Varner wanted to make sure that the committee would look at all possible options for the city hall.

“The ideas are not the problem,” Councilwoman Linda Kramer said. “It’s being able to financially afford to build a new city hall.”

Kramer said they have looked at a new city hall. Several years back, the council looked at many options. However, she said once the price of the project came up, the council dropped it.

Kramer wanted to know that the council was serious about going forward with a plan before they do all of the work. Councilman Trevor Willis agreed that if they take this project up, they need to stick with it, even if members of the community get upset because of the cost. Kampe said this project is not just on a wish list, but needs to be done.

The council will put the matter of forming the committee on the May 7 agenda.

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