Woodville Village Council will hold its first meeting Jan. 9 in the new expansion at the utility building, 530 Lime St.
The current expansion had always been a part of the overall plan for the utility building, village officials say.
In 2009, council was debating the costs of going through with the expansion or upgrading the town hall. After seeing all of the costs involved in an upgrade of town hall, the decision was made to go ahead with the expansion of the utility building. Yackee Electric, Inc. was awarded the bid in December of 2010 and construction on the expansion began in the spring of 2011.
“The goal of combining the offices into a shared space is to enhance office communications, improve the efficiencies of daily work tasks, and broaden the employee cross training on our software programs,” Clerk-Treasurer Barb Runion said
Village administrator Keith Kruse and his assistant Kris Gerwin were already located in the building and are now joined by Ms. Runion, utilities billing clerk Dawn Bockbrader, and Zoning Inspector Bill Rowles.
Mayor Richard Harman said he looks forward to the move to the expansion because the room where council will meet is equipped with modern electronics and will have more space for audience members to attend meetings. There is also more parking space and the building is handicap accessible.
With council moving out of the town hall, the police department will expand and utilize available space in the building.
Residents will still be able to put their utility payments in the drop box located in the town hall building or they can take them to the utility building between 7:30 a.m and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Also, the phone number, 419-849-2731, and fax number, 419-849-3558, are the same as before the move.