“There is about six more weeks of construction work left on the new City Hall and fire station,” said Donald Mitchell, superintendent for Boatner Construction Company, which is building the new Lincoln City Hall and Fire Station. “They should be in there by Christmas if everything goes good.”
Mitchell said the original completion date for the project was the end of November, however the project was pushed back due to weather delays.
“We had a lot of rain delays at the beginning of the job,” he said. “But we should finish on schedule, counting the rain days.”
Mitchell said the City Hall building is approximately 85 percent complete.
“We have to do the finishes on the City Hall building, paint, floor covering, electrical devices and electrical fixtures,” he said.
Mitchell said the new fire station is about 75 percent complete.
“We have to finish the exterior work on the brick,” he said. “They are finishing the sheetrock inside today (Friday). And they still have to do all the interior finishes, paint and floor covering and kitchen cabinets.”
Mitchell said the roofing on both buildings is approximately 99 percent complete and only lacks the trim. Both buildings should be completed about the same time.
“The exterior paving and sidewalks should be finished in a couple weeks,” he said. “They will start the landscaping in a couple weeks. According to the weather, the landscaping should take about 3-4 weeks to complete. It depends on rain.”
Mitchell said the project has gone fairly well so far.
“We hope we can get into the new City Hall before Christmas if at all possible,” Mayor Lew Watson said.
Watson said it will probably take one or two weeks to get moved into the new building.
“We will try to maintain services there until the very last moment, but there might be a couple days where it will be closed,” he said. “We may try to do the majority of the moving over a weekend.”
Watson said City Hall hours of operation would likely be the same in the new building.
“We are excited and looking forward to moving to our new City Hall,” he said. “I think efficiency will pick up when the employees have adequate working space. This is something we have needed for a while.”
Watson said the city will hold a ribbon cutting/open house activity at some point.
“We are working on the details for that,” he said.
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