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Village Hall going through some changes

Thursday, June 30, 2011

On June 6, the Board of trustees approved spending $10,000 to have Illini Supply restructure the current workspace and add a new reception area on the north wall of the lobby in Village Hall. “This plan would contemplate making the most of the space we have, while still being very economical,” said Village Administrator Heather Kimmons. The 2011/2012 fiscal budget set aside $20,000 for this project.

Features of the remodel include using the area formerly occupied by Administrative Assistant Kim Taylor as space with a desk and computer for use by Mayor Hap Gilbert and trustees. “I think some areas of our workspace are underutilized,” Kimmons said. Kimmons added that the space would allow trustees access to a Village-owned computer with the option of printing out records needed for Board meetings, thus eliminating a 2011-12 budgeted expense to purchase laptops for the trustees.

The impetus behind the changes at Village Hall came from a negotiated new four-year contract with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office. The new contract included relocating the deputies’ office from Hickory Point Mall back to Village Hall, where they had maintained an office for several years before moving to the mall. Under the contract, the deputies are to relocate their local office to Village Hall within six months of June 1. They will move back into the office they originally occupied, which is currently used by Village Clerk Kathy Mizer. Kimmons said this location gives the deputies an outdoor entrance for taking their bicycles in and out and will provide a measure of privacy for individuals who visit their office for official business. Mizer will move into the office space currently used by the mayor.

Kimmons reviewed a several years- old space needs analysis for Village Hall as part of this process.

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