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The administrative offices of two area villages are moving to new locations.

In the Village of Gibsonburg, officials expect to be in a building at 526 N. Webster within a few weeks, according to Marc Glotzbecker, administrator.

“We don’t have an exact date yet,” he said, “But we’re looking at the next couple of weeks. It’s on the near horizon.”

The village purchased the property in December 2014, according to records in the Sandusky County auditor’s office. The building’s former owner used it to manufacture concrete items for Whirlpool Corp.

Glotzbecker said village officials last summer began planning renovations for the building to accommodate municipal offices.

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Village of Walbridge maintenance staff Steve Boldt, Brian Amer, Brent
Boulerisse and Mayor Ed Kolanko at the new municipal building. The
building at 705 Main St. was the previous home of Main Street Church.
(Press photo by Ken Grosjean)

“The idea of a new municipal complex was discussed for quite a while,” he said. “The option for the building came up and we took a good hard look at it. We compared it to some other municipal complexes that would be similar, Woodville’s being one. And we factored in the overall cost for us to find suitable land in the village and build. This was a better option for us.”

The village plans to transfer the deed to the former town hall building at 120 N. Main to Madison Township.


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Walbridge Mayor Ed Kolanko said the administrative staff has been hearing positive comments from residents since the village began operating from municipal offices at 705 N. Main.

“We’re pretty much all moved in,” he said Thursday. “It’s been a gradual process but things are going well. People are slowly becoming more comfortable with our new home.”

The village purchased the property from Main Street United Brethren in Christ, Inc. and will continue to lease a portion of the building to the Wood County Committee on Aging for its senior center, the mayor said.

“It’s really great to have them in the same building,” he said. “It gives us more of a community centered complex.”

Village council will continue to hold meetings in the building at 111 N. Main until late May, the mayor said. A special meeting will be held then to approve an ordinance designating the location at 705 Main as the official municipal complex.

An open house at the new site is being planned.

The mayor said he wants the transition to the new location to be “a really memorable experience” for residents.

Council will list the former municipal building for sale, he said.

 

 

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