Dated wood paneling is gone from the walls of the Bellefontaine City Council Chambers along with a faux wood laminate knee wall and the council president bench as contractors rush to finish the renovations before Tuesday’s regular council meeting.
Travis Kilgore with Double D Construction of West Mansfield paints around a window in Council Chambers of the Bellefontaine Municipal Building. A renovation of the chambers is under way and expected to be complete in a week. (EXAMINER PHOTO | JOEL E. MAST)
Crews with Double D Construction of West Mansfield tore into the project in mid-December and have begun the reconstruction work.
Drywall is up and painted and the floor is ready for new carpet.
The project also includes the second floor lobby and city income tax office.
Council chambers also will have technology upgrades such as a new projection screen and a wall-mount television, both of which Service-Safety Director James Holycross said can be used for presentations and training.
“This is long overdue,” he said, noting the chambers have not been updated since the building was constructed in 1974.
Bellefontaine administrators put $50,000 in 2015’s budget for the second floor work and around $30,000 for first floor lobby tiles and a major rework of the utility billing office completed last year.