Professional consultants from two architectural firms have verified a list of concerns as bona fide problems and added a few more as code violations or, at least, below-par standards for a city hall of an up-and-coming city.
No doubt, said consultants know what's what regarding safe, sound, and cost-effective. But saving the city money was nowhere on their radar screen. Rather, their perspective was, "Let's tell the "in" crowd what they want to hear and, if we play our cards right, land a lucrative contract for designing and supervising construction of a new city hall at all-the-$s-the-traffic-will-bear-plus-then-some.
We might solve any problems of city hall without spending millions just by reallocating our present � already paid for � resources.
Take handicapped access off the table. "A Guide to Disability Rights" downloaded from the Internet on page 4, paragraph 1 states: Public entities are not required to take actions that would result in undue financial and administrative burdens.
The large room on the NW corner of the building, second floor, can no longer be used for monthly city council meetings. To do so would conflict with the universal fire code: more than 30 people above ground level with only one exit. No problem, have the council meetings at the new fire station.
Then assign this room to the city engineer and drafting assistants. If a disabled person needs to meet with the engineer, meet someplace else.
No office today needs rows and rows of file cabinets � maybe just one small file drawer for work-in-progress. All data could be stored in computer memory. All information on documents could be brought onto the computer screen by anyone computer-savvy. And, printed out if the client wants a copy in hand. If the actual document is needed, with a reasonable time allowed, the original could be retrieved and brought to city hall or sent by mail to the client. The actual storage place should be off-site, of course.
A great person
To the editor:
I would like to thank the city of Vermillion and the Jaycees for honoring Junior Brunick with the Spirit of Vermillion award.
I lived across the street from his station in the '60s and remember him working on his stock car, mostly the roaring of the engine.
I delivered fuel for the Coop for 27 years and he was the best competitor you could ask for. If my truck broke down, he would let me borrow, not rent, his truck.
Junior is a great person and I'm glad to have him for a friend. Thank you Junior.
Gayle O. Davis