The City Council has awarded a $278,000 contract to Maars Construction to upgrade the 66-year-old City Hall. Most of the work will involve providing handicap access to the building. The rest will include seismic upgrades for earthquake safety and replacement of defective electrical and air-conditioning equipment.
The city has been mandated by the federal government to correct the building because the lack of wheelchair ramps and restroom facilities for the handicapped violates federal accessibility standards. The federal government will pay $142,000 of the cost and the city hopes to raise $23,000 in community donations. The remaining money will come from the city's general fund.