Hilliard City Council members returned from their annual summer recess Monday night but not to their usual meeting site.

Hilliard City Council members returned from their annual summer recess Monday night but not to their usual meeting site.

The Hilliard Community Center on Veterans Memorial Drive served as city council's temporary home Monday and will for the next regularly scheduled city council meeting on Sept. 8 while city council chambers are being renovated at the municipal building on Municipal Way.

Council president Brett Sciotto said he is pleased with the progress that is taking place at the municipal building despite the project being a bit behind schedule.

"We will be back here (community center) one more time," Sciotto said. "We have extended the contract, allowing the contractor to work on the chambers a little bit longer. I think they have made great progress and the finance department is looking great too. We will be back here one more time on Sept. 8 and then hopefully we will move back to city hall where things should go more smoothly, but this hasn't been bad."

Sciotto said contractors found a bit more work than they anticipated during the renovations, discovering some walls that had to be rebuilt due to water damage from past roof leaks. That led to the need to extend the contract to complete the project.

City council clerk Lynne Fasone said the project cost is still within the amount approved by council.

"The ordinance included a 10 percent contingency amount and the project is still well within that amount," Fasone said.

Mayor Don Schonhardt said he is pleased with what he has seen.

"The progress on council chambers has been most noticeable as of late," Schonhardt said. "The brick walls are disappearing and it is taking on a new shape. Hopefully we will be back there for the meeting on the 22nd."

Earlier this year city council authorized the expenditure of approximately $450,000 for physical improvements at the municipal building. The bulk of that amount, $300,000 was for the city council chambers renovation. Another $150,000 was approved for improvements to the finance and human resources departments.