Committee may make city hall decision soon

Committee may make city hall decision soon by David Lias A citizens� committee that has gone to great lengths to gather public input is close to making a recommendation on which option it believes is best to solve the Vermillion city hall issue.

If all goes as planned, the Vermillion City Council could receive the advisory committee�s choice by Aug. 1.

Before that date, however, the public will be given more opportunity to provide input.

The committee met June 21 to plan two more public meetings � scheduled for 7 p.m. July 19 and July 26 � to solicit citizens� comment.

Public input will especially be critical at the July 19 meeting, scheduled at the William J. Radigan Fire and EMS Station, Rich Braunstein, chairman of the city hall advisory commmittee, told the Vermillion City Council Monday.

Citizens� opinions, he said, will be counted as one of two essential pieces of information for the committee�s final recommendation.

The committee will ask the community to return feedback forms within one week of this meeting so they can be fully considered for the July 26 meeting, which will be held in the Vermillion City Hall beginning at 7 p.m.

The agenda of this meeting will include reviewing public input, making a decision on a final recommendation and final report preparation.

The current city hall, which is over 80 years old, does not meet safety and accessibility codes, according to city officials.

Options that have been studied by the advisory committee include rebuilding at the present city hall site, purchasing the Bank of the West building on Main Street, or constructing a new city hall at either the Fullerton Lumber site, or the location of the old National Guard Armory.

An earlier attempt to purchase the Bank of the West site was defeated by city voters in a November 2003 referendum.

Citizens who opposed the idea said it was too costly and not needed.

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