By Genine Hopkins
Harrison Mayor Stacy Stocking, City Council members and other city employees planned a visit to the old Rural Water building located across from the Harrison Fire Department and kitty corner from Federal Broach to evaluate whether or not the building would offer a better location for its City Offices. The impromptu meeting took place the day after the matter was discussed at the regular City Council meeting on Monday, July 1, 2013.
Among the examined logistics would be parking – currently City Hall offers approximately 20 parking spots for elections and meetings – building office layout and size. Such a move has been talked about previously, but never fully entertained.
The group gathered at the building at 9 a.m. on Tues., July 2, at 9 a.m., and toured the facility. Expanding parking would be part of the plans, since the building has minimal parking.
“I feel that the move would improve services and create better space for our workers,” stated Mayor Stocking, “Once we determine how to expand parking, I feel this is our best move.”
Although the City would have to purchase the property that the building is located, they own surrounding property that could be used to expand the parking to make it viable for residents to attend meetings and also to vote during elections. Additionally, its location near the Fire Department would be convenient.
After their impromptu meeting, the group seemed fairly positive about the building itself according to City Clerk Tracey Beadle, although further research and discussion must take place before the council acts on making such a move.
“We couldn’t make any decisions or discuss the future of any potential purchase of the building due to keeping in line with the open meetings act, but everyone seemed to like the building,” she said, “Talks will definitely be pursued during open meetings regarding what the council members felt about the location.”