Council Approves City Hall Land Purchase

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At last week’s meeting, Central’s City Council voted unanimously to authorize Mayor Shelton to enter into an agreement with the Central Community School System to purchase two acres of property for the proposed construction of a $4.5 million City Hall.
The property is near the corner of Hooper and Sullivan Roads on the original Central School property, last used as Central Middle School. The estimated price, based on an appraisal done by the school system, is $285,000 for the two acres.
This purchase is another step toward Mayor Shelton’s proposed 17,000 square foot two-story City Hall, a project for which there has been little information provided and no public meetings called to seek the community’s input. The cost, design, and size of the proposed City Hall have been decided solely by the Mayor’s office.
The first opportunity for formal public input will be later this summer when Mayor Shelton asks the City Council to allow the $4.5 million of construction costs to be funded out of Central’s cash reserves.