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Village Hall facelift

Renovations move meetings to service facility

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New Albany City Council chambers are being renovated for the first time since Village Hall was built in 2000. City officials have said a new wiring system in the floor would eliminate the need for the battery-operated microphone currently used by speakers at the podium.

New Albany Village Hall will remain open during summer construction, but many of the city's public meetings will be held temporarily at the public-services facility, 7800 Bevelhymer Road.

"Village Hall, specifically the (City) Council chambers, will soon be undergoing aesthetic and structural renovations," said Scott McAfee, city spokesman. "Renovations will be completed by contractor Corna Kokosing and will include installation of electrical and data ports at various locations in the floor, repair of the council dais and doors, replacement of the staff tables on both sides with portable 'structures' that look like the dais, replacement of the audio-visual system, painting, carpet replacement and installation (or replacement) of wall sound panels."

McAfee said once the repairs are completed, new chairs will be put out for guest seating.

Because many of the city's boards and commissions meet in City Council chambers, McAfee said, most of the July meetings have been moved to the service facility on Bevelhymer Road.

Mayor's Court will continue to be held at Village Hall in July but will be moved to the City Council conference room, adjacent to council chambers.

The second City Council meeting scheduled for July was canceled earlier this month. City Council is expected to resume its twice-a-month meetings Aug. 5 in the newly renovated room.

City Council chambers are being renovated for the first time since Village Hall was built in 2000.

City officials have said a new wiring system in the floor would eliminate the need for the battery-operated microphone currently used by speakers at the podium and a new recording system would eliminate the need to change CDs during a meeting.

The city also is repairing brick steps at the west entrance, which were cordoned off earlier this year after the bricks deteriorated.

The city is reducing the amount of brick at that entrance, narrowing it to a T-shape and adding benches on either side of the walkway up to the steps.

The city also is expected to replace some bushes and trees around Village Hall that are not getting enough sunlight.

Interior renovations are expected to cost $99,000. The exterior renovations are estimated to cost $35,000, McAfee said.

Money for the repairs was allocated in the 2014 budget.

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