City workers on the move

Renovation forces employees to adjust

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— City workers are sharing cramped quarters at Centennial Hall as the $635,000 renovation of City Hall begins.

Deputy City Manager Wendy DuBord said 24 city employees have moved out of the city's main office building and into Centennial Hall, which already houses meeting rooms, the planning department and intergovernmental services.

While City Hall is remodeled, a job that is expected to last until November, the finance and human resource departments, the municipal court clerk's office and the city clerk's office will be in Centennial Hall.

The legal department has moved into the Elkins Building, which neighbors Centennial Hall.

DuBord said the city is using two of the buildings' smaller meeting rooms, spare space in the basement and extra room made by the planning and intergovernmental departments for temporary offices. But the extra workers also spill out onto the hallways and entrance of Centennial Hall.

The biggest adjustment for the public, DuBord said, is the reception area and water bill drop-off point are in the entrance of Centennial Hall, not City Hall. Once construction begins, no walk-in service will be available at City Hall.

Offices for the city manager, deputy manager, public works and engineering will remain in City Hall during construction. But DuBord said anyone wanting to see workers in these offices will have to go to the Centennial Hall reception area.

"It is a little inconvenient, but most of the relocation of traffic will come in to pay water bills and drop off information. And that will all be done just the same," DuBord said.

Another inconvenience will be finding meeting rooms. Although the two main meeting areas of Centennial Hall, the Citizens Meeting Room and the Crawford Room, are not used as office space, two side rooms are.

And that means local groups and even city officials will be looking around Steamboat for extra meeting places. DuBord said the city's managers meeting is moving to the Tread of Pioneers' meeting room and Olympian Hall will be considered for large meetings.

Despite the office relocation and wiring work, DuBord said all phone numbers and e-mail addresses will remain unchanged.

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