In March, the city purchased a building in Chalkville for a new City Hall. Negotiations for the building started two years ago, and the city was able to get the price down from over $1 million to $450,000. This was too good to pass up as the current City Hall building is in need of very expensive repairs, which would involve asbestos removal. Plus, at this time, the city does not own the current City Hall; the Jefferson County Board of Education does.
Some have wondered how such a purchase could be made while the city has unexpected expenses for tornado clean up. The $1 million bond the city got for the new City Hall must be spent on capital improvements, not on any other projects. These include acquiring new property, buildings and construction projects. About $150,000 is expected to be spent on renovations to the new building. The rest is expected to be used on capital improvements at the parks, including Bryant Park, Cosby Lake Park and Clay City Park, and other capital improvements throughout the city.
Tornado clean-up is continuing in a methodical and efficient process. We ask all to remember that the tree and construction debris from the January 23 tornado was much greater in Clay than the surrounding cities. Almost daily, the city, with help from other cities, has been picking up tree debris. The city recently purchased a truck to use in picking up building material debris. We are working with homeowners, insurance companies and mortgages in this effort. For more information, please see our information page for tornado survivors. To keep up with our progress, follow us on Facebook.