When officials cut the ribbon Friday, Nov. 22, to open a new City Hall at 209 S. Main St., it marked another step in four years of planning and work that have transformed Marysville's infrastructure.

When officials cut the ribbon Friday, Nov. 22, to open a new City Hall at 209 S. Main St., it marked another step in four years of planning and work that have transformed Marysville's infrastructure.

"We are very fortunate and proud of what the city has been able to accomplish," Mayor John Gore said prior to the event. "It's a good feeling to know that our community's infrastructure needs have been addressed and that our new facilities will serve our community for the next 40 to 50 years."

Gore was serving on city council in May 2009 when a presentation by former Fire Chief Gary Johnson, Police Chief Floyd Golden, former City Administrator Jillian Froment and former Mayor Chris Schmenk showed Marysville was lagging behind in a number of areas.

A study of several other Ohio communities concluded that Marysville didn't measure up in terms of building size, staffing levels and equipment for its safety forces.

And the police and fire departments were housed in outdated structures: Half of Marysville's one firehouse was 36 years old. The other half of the structure was 75 years old. The police department was operating out of a 72-year-old building.

The 2009 presentation included assessments from two architectural firms recommending a new joint facility for the police department and Marysville Municipal Court, refurbishing the current fire station on South Main Street, and adding a new main fire station that would be strategically placed to reduce response times.

Voters approved an income tax increase from 1 percent to 1.5 percent in May 2010 to finance construction of a new police station, city services building and fire station.

The new police and court facility at the corner of West Fifth Street and Raymond Road opened on April 15, 2012.

The 48,300-square-foot building and a 6,000-square-foot proficiency and qualification center cost $13.1 million.

The new, 19,800-square-foot fire station on County Home Road was dedicated on Sept. 11, 2012. It cost $4.7 million.

Gore presented city council with a plan last year to take the overhaul of Marysville's infrastructure one step further and create the new City Hall and fire station on the site of the old fire station on South Main Street. Construction began in October 2012 on the $5.7-million, 29,311-square-foot facility.

"I think it's wonderful that our city now has facilities that will allow it to serve our citizens well," Schmenk said. "The old buildings were unsafe for city employees and visitors. The new ones will help our city grow for the future.

"Frankly, in 2009, I wasn't sure we could accomplish all of our goals," she said. "I had high hopes for the new police and fire stations, but the new City Hall is better than I ever expected and is a gem for Uptown. I'm very proud of the way Mayor Gore, his administration and city council have worked together to get it all done."

Gore himself said he could not have imagined the changes taking place at this level over the last four years.

And there's more to come: a $550,000 restoration of the Town Run and construction of a $1.16-million Partners Park at the site of the old City Hall on East Sixth Street.

Gore said he hopes it all will bring more people to the Uptown area.

"While a lot has been accomplished in the city, we will continue to look at our growing community needs and plan accordingly," he said.