Starting on Monday next week, the first department in McMinville’s new City Hall will be open.
Pending an elevator inspection, McMinnville Mayor Ben Newman said permits will be available at the Community Development Department. Multiple departments will be consolidated into the downtown McMinville old Regions Bank building.
Newman said the Police Department will be moved in within the next two to three weeks. The main floor will be ready soon after.
“It looks like we’re going to be in the end of October to move in the remaining offices in the main floor,” Newman said. “Then be open for the tellers for payment of bills and things like that.”
Newman said the city is still waiting to receive the HVAC unit to provide A/C for the main lobby. When it is all finished, citizens will be able to pay bills and conduct business without entering the building at all.
“We can have the window with a drawer on the outside,” Newman said. “So people can conduct business without even having to come into the building.”
Newman said having all these departments at one location will help with accessibility. While also helping the city, outside of city hall.
“With our police department downtown, Newman said. “We’ll have more of a visible presence.”
When it comes to dollars, Newman said the city saved $4 million dollars by not building a new police department. Monday’s opening is still pending the state inspecting the buildings elevator this week.