HUDSON — City employees have officially moved into their new home.
About 45 municipal workers are now operating from the new city hall building at 1140 Terex Road, according to city spokesperson Jody Roberts.
Roberts told the Hub-Times on Monday afternoon that the employees were unpacking and settling in at the three-story, 32,270-square-foot structure that sits on a 20-acre lot.
"Everything’s being set up and unpacked," said Roberts.
She added that the only city departments that are not on Terex Road are Hudson Public Power, Hudson Public Works and the safety forces. All city departments except the aforementioned ones have operated from a leased site on Executive Parkway since 2013. Roberts noted the move to Executive Parkway was "always intended as a temporary move," and said the city’s lease there expires at the end of October, according to Roberts.
"It’s a good space for us," Roberts said of the new building. "It will be good to have the community here, too."
The building being used by the city was previously the home of PASCO, which moved out in fall 2018 after the city spent $3.5 million to buy the structure. The building was renovated over the past several months. Council in April awarded a $2.96 million contract to Augere Construction Co. for improvements of the building. That contract amount included a 10 percent contingency.
There will be community rooms available on the first floor of city hall that can be rented and used for meetings. One room is an auditorium space with approximately 50 seats. A 20-seat meeting room also will be available. The third room is large enough for 204 seats, with partitions to break the larger room into three separate rooms with 72 seats each.
Roberts said that more information will be available later this year on how the rental process will work. Rooms will be available for rental some time after the first of the year, according to Roberts, who added that the rules and regulations for use of the rooms will be the same as they are for Barlow Community Center at 41 S. Oviatt St. Mayor David Basil said no alcohol can be served by groups that host meetings in the community rooms. He added that unlike Barlow, exercise classes would not be allowed in the community rooms in city hall.
Council on Oct. 15 approved the regulations and rules, and rental rates for the use of the community rooms. The rates for use of the rooms for community organizations will range from $15 an hour to $65 per hour, depending on which rooms are being used and the number being utilized. The rates for commercial groups would range from $25 an hour to $95 per hour.
Roberts said there have been requests from citizens to allow events such as birthday parties and graduations parties in the community rooms. As of now, such events will not be allowed, said Roberts.
City Councilwoman Lisa Radigan (Ward 2) said officials are assessing whether they would offer the rooms for use beyond what is allowed at Barlow, and noted if residents are interested in using the rooms, they should contact city leaders.
Councilman J. Daniel Williams (At Large) said his colleagues agreed that they would like to see what types of requests they receive from residents before deciding on whether other types of events will be allowed in the community rooms and how they will be handled.
"If [the requests from citizens] are totally different than what we’ve been providing at Barlow Community Center and what we anticipate providing at city hall, then we can come back and address it," said Williams.
Council on Oct. 15 also approved a $62,000 contract with Dell Marketing LLP for to buy uninterrupted power supply equipment for city hall and passed a second measure to spend $18,325 to purchase tables and chairs from Independence Business Supply for the community rooms on the first floor of city hall. Williams noted council had not yet decided whether the meetings of city boards and commissions will occur in the new city hall and thus did not feel the city needed to buy furniture for the space that could potentially be used for those meetings.
City council, planning commission and other city boards meet in the Town Hall site at 27 E. Main St.
Reporter Phil Keren can be reached at 330-541-9421, email@example.com, or on Twitter at @keren_phil.