Municipal Building open house on tap

by Jeff Pederson Sheboygan Falls News Editor

THE CITY OF SHEBOYGAN FALLS will hold a special open house event at the newly renovated Sheboygan Falls Municipal Building Sunday, Sept. 27 from 1-3 p.m. - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson THE CITY OF SHEBOYGAN FALLS will hold a special open house event at the newly renovated Sheboygan Falls Municipal Building Sunday, Sept. 27 from 1-3 p.m. - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson With the Sheboygan Falls Municipal Building renovation project now entirely completed, the building will be officially presented to the public, during an open house event this Sunday, Sept. 27.

The open house, which runs from 1-3 p.m., will include public tours of each city department, including the police department, fire department and City Hall offices.

“Each of our city departments will have representatives at the open house to lead guided tours through their respective departments and to answer any questions members of the community might have,” Sheboygan Falls Mayor Randy Meyer said. “Throughout the renovation process, holding this type of open house event was something I always wanted to do.

“The open house will give anyone that is interested a chance to see what the renovated building looks like and what changes were made to improve the way each of our departments are able to provide service to the community,” he said.

Meyer indicated that this will be one of the only times members of the public will be able to view the interior of the new police department.

“It is not everyday that community members can come down to the Municipal Building and walk through the inner workings of the police department,” Meyer said. “This a pretty unique opportunity to get a full tour of our police department that I hope people will take advantage of.

“There are many improvements to the police station that I think are particularly noteworthy,” he said. “For one, we have separate bathrooms for men, women and suspects. Before, all three had to share one bathroom, which was not in the best interest of anyone. The new evidence storage area is also a key element of the new police station. It is great to have evidence now stored inside the police department, rather than in the basement as it had been before.”

Meyer said members of the public will also have an opportunity to check out the newly reconfigured and expanded, second-floor City Hall offices.

“The renovation project has made City Hall more secure than it had been in the past, which was a major priority throughout the planning process,” Meyer said. “It will also give people a chance to see the new large and small conference rooms we have now for various city meetings, which we never had before. The main office area is much larger and more open than it had been, which is much more conducive for the work that is done there.”

Meyer is also pleased with the additional space created within the fire department.

“The fire department has a higher roof and the pillars have been removed where the trucks are parked” Meyer said. “It is great to have that additional room to get trucks and equipment in and out of the building with much more ease.”

According to Meyer, the renovation project has provided plenty of room for possible future expansion.

“For me it was very important that we designed the building right for possible future expansion,” Meyer said. “I firmly believe that with the way it has been constructed, the building is now good for another 30, 40, 50 years.

“Space has been left on the second floor above the fire department and in the middle of the building to accommodate any future expansion needs,” he said. “I think it has allowed enough space and flexibility so that when future mayors and councils decided to do some expansion, they will most likely not have to do a full renovation or redesign of the building.”

Meyer adds that he believes community members will come away from the open house with a comfortable feeling about the new building.

“We have built a very good facility here,” Meyer said. “It is certainly nice, but not frivolous in any way. In case people think we built the Taj Mahal here, we didn’t. If they come in and take a tour, they will find that it’s not like that at all.

“This is not a grand opening celebration or anything like that,” he said. “We won’t have a brass band playing or any other celebratory festivities. This just a good chance to come in and check out the building and see what our staff is capable of doing here with the changes that were made.”

The open house event will begin with the opening of a time capsule from when the building originally opened in 1957 at 1 p.m. in the City Council chambers.

“I anticipate that the time capsule opening will last about 15 minutes,” Meyer said. “We will allow people to see the items in the capsule and then announce that we will be putting together another time capsule to mark the opening of the newly renovated building. We will be opening it up to the community to submit ideas and thoughts, as well as items for the new time capsule.”

“I anticipate that the tours will be limited to between 5 to 10 people and run up until 3 p.m.,” he said. “It is hard to know how many people will show up, but we are hoping for a nice turnout. We picked that particular Sunday before there is no Packer game. We feel now is a good time to do an open house and we invite everyone to come down and check it out.”

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