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New Roof Comes First for City Hall, With Major Renovation to Follow
Posted on: 04/25/2013
By  Mike Cullums
Some much needed work on Marietta City Hall is expected to get underway this year.  
Mayor Joe Matthews says the project is in the design phase right now, but there’s no question which part of the building will be worked on first – the leaking roof.  
“We’re hoping to get that in place first - it’s the worst thing at city buildings right now – then we’ll move on with the rest of the project,” he says.   

The roof project is estimated to cost around $225,000. Bids are to be opened tomorrow.  
With municipal court no longer taking up the second floor, Matthews says a remodeled City Hall will be able to house more city offices and provide more and better space to a cramped police department.  
“We’re going to be moving some of the people from across the street at 308 Putnam. The auditor and the treasurer will be coming over, some on the second and some on the first floor,” the mayor says. “Also we’re hoping to get the police department completely out of the basement, where they’re subject to flooding. And we’ll be installing an elevator on the Third Street side for handicapped accessability.”  
Matthews says looks can be deceiving as one drives by the stately brick building at Third and Putnam, and the renovation project is all about the inside.  
“City Hall is nice from outward appearances, so historical in appearance and everything, but it really needs some modernization inside, most especially better restrooms.”  
City Engineer Joe Tucker has estimated the total cost of the entire project at about $1.8 million, to be financed through bonds. A construction timeline has not yet been set.
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