New City Hall opening July 1

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Jun 20, 2013 - 8:54:28 AM

FINISHING TOUCHESMoving day is almost here for the new Marlow City Hall. The S. 2nd Street facility will open July 1 after numerous delays, but will be spacious for both city employees and citizens conducting business.
“The new building is 8,000-square feet, and it feels like the one we’re in now is 80-square feet,” city clerk, Betty Mackey, joked.
Currently, Mackey has to ask city employees to move to filing cabinets. That won’t be an issue in the new place.
City utility and administrative offices will be closed June 28 and June 29 as workers begin the move.
“Moving the (computer) servers will be the top priority,” said Janice Cain, city administrator.
The new building features a drive-thru window to pay bills along with a box for night drops.
“This will be really convenient for our customers,” Cain said. “This way mothers won’t have to get their kids out of the car to come in to pay bills.”
The office will open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Although there is still be work to be done, when the building opens, city employees will be able to serve customers.
The new city council chambers is one section Cain is most proud of.
“We will have enough room for both the council members and trustees to sit in front,” she said. “Right now, they sit on their own off to the side.”
Council members will have a conference room to retreat to during executive sessions. Currently non-council members have to leave the chamber.
A larger kitchen area will give employees more space to enjoy lunches and work breaks.
“If you have two people in the current kitchen, you can’t open the refrigerator door,” Cain said.
A large storage area for city files and a safe room for sensitive materials to be stored, are at the rear of the new building.
Municipal court will also be held in the new chambers.
A new feature includes an intercom system allowing employees to talk to each other.
“Right now, we just yell,” Mackey said with a chuckle.
The feature will also allow employees to be more sensitive, according to Cain.
“There will be a room for the cemetery office so family members can have some privacy at a difficult time,” she said. “They won’t be out in the open in the main office like they are at the current city hall.”
With opening day getting close and still a lot of work to do, they are still excited about the move.
“Putting in the geothermal unit was the biggest task, but the biggest headache we’ve had is just the waiting for the whole job to get done,” Cain said.
Cain thinks the community will be proud of the new building, though it may take some getting used to.
“We’ll probably have people going over the old City Hall to pay their bills and employees who will show up there out of habit,” Cain said.