City Hall debuts modern makeover

by Jeff Pederson Sheboygan Falls News Editor


THE NEW CITY HALL office on the second floor of the Sheboygan Falls Municipal Buildingl features a spacious, open concept design in the main area, as well as two conference rooms and separate offices for the building assessor-inspector, city clerk-treasurer and municipal court judge and clerk. - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson THE NEW CITY HALL office on the second floor of the Sheboygan Falls Municipal Buildingl features a spacious, open concept design in the main area, as well as two conference rooms and separate offices for the building assessor-inspector, city clerk-treasurer and municipal court judge and clerk. - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson After enduring a variety of logistical, space and comfort issues associated with working out of a temporary office for just over a year, the City Hall staff has settled into their new surroundings at the newly renovated Sheboygan Falls Municipal Building.

The $7 million renovation project, which began last April, included major upgrades and additions to the City Hall office, as well as the police and fire departments. Gone is the historic, but outdated gymnasium, which has been replaced with police and fire department office space, storage areas and meeting rooms.

In addition to the added space and modernization in each of the city’s three main departments, the entire building has a fresh, updated look that Sheboygan Falls Mayor Randy Meyer says puts it on par with other communities in the area.


JOEL TAUSCHEK, Sheboygan Falls city clerk-treasurer, shows off the standup desk in his new office at City Hall, located on the second floor of the newly renovatied Municipal Building. Last Wednesday morning, Tauschek was found checking out the latest happenings in The Sheboygan Falls News - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson JOEL TAUSCHEK, Sheboygan Falls city clerk-treasurer, shows off the standup desk in his new office at City Hall, located on the second floor of the newly renovatied Municipal Building. Last Wednesday morning, Tauschek was found checking out the latest happenings in The Sheboygan Falls News - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson “Our goal with this project was to update a 50-60 year old building that was clearly outdated in many ways and I think we have accomplished that,” Meyer said. “There are a number of 21st century features that we didn’t come close to having in the old building. Those features will help to streamline the service the city provides to the community and allow our departments to operate at the highest level with the equipment and space that they need.


THE NEWLY RENOVATED Sheboygan Falls City Hall lobby features la arge wall-sized 1940s era photo of Pine Street and two benches made out of wood from the old Municipal Building gymnasium bleachers. - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson THE NEWLY RENOVATED Sheboygan Falls City Hall lobby features la arge wall-sized 1940s era photo of Pine Street and two benches made out of wood from the old Municipal Building gymnasium bleachers. - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson “This building is built for today, but it also meets the vision that we have for what the city might look like and need 20 to 30 years down the road,” he said. “We believe the improvements that have been made will give the building the ability to be viable for the next 50 plus years.”

Meyer admits that the planning and construction process was difficult at times as last-minute changes were required and the construction work extended well past its originally projected completion date.

“There were a number of obstacles that we had to overcome, but I believe that each department worked with city leadership to take care of those issues in a professional manner,” Meyer said. “We were able to get our fire trucks into the new fire station in October, which was very important because some of them had been stored outside at the DPW headquarters and we didn’t want to have them outdoors through the winter. The police department did not move and the staff had to stay and work through all the construction that was going for full a year. It certainly wasn’t ideal, but I have to hand it to them for sticking it out and dealing with all of the construction very well.


THE NEW FIRST FLOOR COUNCIL CHAMBERS at the Sheboygan Falls Municipal Building provides plenty of space to accomodate City Council meetings, Municipal Court hearings and voting for elections. - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson THE NEW FIRST FLOOR COUNCIL CHAMBERS at the Sheboygan Falls Municipal Building provides plenty of space to accomodate City Council meetings, Municipal Court hearings and voting for elections. - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson “Our general contractor, Brey Associates had projected that the project would be completed by the end of December, which did not happen,” he said. “The actual completion date turned out to be April 29. It was disappointing that our general contractor was not able to complete the work sooner, but now the work is pretty much all done. There are still a few punch list items here and there, which are very small things here and there that need to be taken care of, but basically everything is now up and running as it should be.”

The newly renovated City Hall office is located on the second floor of the building where the old Common Council chambers, Municipal Court clerk office and the north meeting room used to be.

Visitors to the building will also notice something that they have never seen at the Municipal Building before – an elevator.

“The old building was not ADA accessible and with the elevator and the new graded entryway, we are now in full compliance with ADA regulations.” City Building Inspector-Assessor Ken Sonntag said. “It might not seem like a big thing to have an elevator, but for this building, which had gone so long without one, it is a big deal to finally have one.”

The elevator and staircase, which are both located on the south side of the main entrance to the building, lead to the City Hall offices, which extend through the entire east side of the second floor of the building.

In addition, a large wall-sized 1940s area photograph looking down Pine Street is featured in the City Hall office lobby area, along with two custom made benches.

“The benches were actually made from the wood in the bleachers of the old gymnasium,” Sonntag said. “The bleachers were made of clear pine, which is a very valuable type of wood and the contractor and his son, Tom and Travis Herr, were interested in keeping the wood. We said they could have the wood and in turn they made these benches for us, which are a really nice addition to the lobby.”

The City Hall lobby itself is something new, as the former City Hall office included a very tight service counter and waiting area located inside the actual office space. The renovated office features a service window off the lobby, which allows office staff to serve community members without requiring them to enter the actual office space.

“This is a vast improvement over what we had at the old City Hall,” Sonntag said. “The service window is really nice and the actual office area is much more open and less cluttered for everyone on the staff. We really have room to work and store supplies and equipment properly, which we never had before.”

Meyer says the new City Hall includes safety features that had never been in place in the past.

“With the service area in the lobby, people can’t just walk right into the City Hall office area like they did before,” Meyer said. “Also, the City Hall staff has the ability to buzz people in from there desk if they need to, which is also a nice safety feature to have.”

The City Hall office area includes separate offices for Sonntag, City Clerk-Treasurer Joel Tauschek, Municipal Court Clerk Sabrina Dittman and Municipal Court Judge Dave Specht.

Tauschek’s office is even outfitted with a unique stand-up style desk, which allows him to work standing up throughout the day.

A large conference room is located off the main City Hall office, which can host closed Common Council meeting or other meetings involving city leaders.

“I really pushed for a conference room where we could hold our closed meetings,” Meyer said. “The room sits 10 people and it is very quiet. You can’t really hear anything on either side going in or out of the room, which we never really had in the past when we would hold closed meetings in the old Council Chambers.

“The conference room has also been nice for the candidate interviews we have done recently for the deputy administrator position,” he said.

Another smaller conference room is located near the front of the City Hall office, which is designed for meetings held with members of the general public.

“The smaller conference room is a good place for meeting with people from the community as it has a separate entry from the lobby, which means people don’t need to walk through the office area to get to the meeting room,” Meyer said.

Just to the west of the City Hall office is a separate voting room, which could be used when a larger than average voter turnout is expected for major elections.

“The voting for the elections will mainly take place in the Council Chambers on the first level of the building, but we do have additional space on the second floor in what we are calling our voting room,” Meyer said. “It could be used for voting when we might have overflow like a presidential election. It also has the ability to be used for storage, or for possible future growth, which is something we had in mind throughout the planning process for this renovation.”

A records room is also located adjacent to the City Hall office, which provides for easy access for office staff members.

“Our City Hall records used to be stored in the basement of the old building, which was not very convenient or practical, so this is a big improvement,” Sonntag said. “Having the records right next to our office is really nice.”

A break/lunch room for staff members is also included in the City Hall office space.

“Before people would eat lunch at their desk or somewhere in the office, which wasn’t really ideal,” Sonntag said. “Having a space to do that is nice for everyone.”

In addition, men’s and wom- en’s public bathrooms are located off the main lobby of the building.

“In the past, we just had the one small unisex bathroom next to the police station, so that is another nice upgrade,” Sonntag said.

The large Council Chambers and main voting room is located off the main lobby and main entrance to the building.

“The Council Chambers is modernized with full video and audio capabilities and it also serves as our main voting area for elections and for our Municipal Court hearings,” Meyer said.

According to Sonntag, the new Municipal Building fulfills each of the goals the council set out to reach at the start of the project.

“I think the council has accomplished its three main goals with the project, which were to keep the three main city departments, City Hall, police and fire, in one location, accommodate and plan for growth and expansion and meet ADA accessibility standards,” Sonntag said. “This project has succeeded on each of those levels.”

In discussing the project, Meyer complimented the work of former Alderwoman and Property Committee Chair Anne Krauter.

“Anne Krauter did a lot of work to make this project happen,” Meyer said. “She did a lot of extra work that went above and beyond for this to become a reality. She came up with the idea for the citizen committee to examine the possibilities for renovation and I commend her for all that she did.

“Anne was the fourth Property Committee chair that I asked to help with a Municipal Building improvement project and she was the only one that came up with results,” he said.

Check out next week’s Sheboygan Falls News for an article covering the new updates and additions in the city of Sheboygan Falls police and fire departments.


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