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Council settles back into City Hall

May 19, 1998|By CLYDE FORD

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Charles Town Council moved back into Charles Town City Hall Monday night after months of renovation to the building.

The new council chambers are situated where the lobby used to be. The drop ceilings that were added in an earlier renovation were taken out to give the room the original grand appearance it held when it was a bank lobby.

"I think a City Hall should be a symbol of pride to the community," said Mayor J. Randolph Hilton.

The work was part of a $450,000 renovation of City Hall that began in January. The town offices were moved temporarily to space above Shu Chen Restaurant across the corner from City Hall.

The Charles Town Police Department is still in its temporary headquarters above the restaurant.

The police department is expected to move into its new location at the former office of EastRidge Health Systems on the corner of Charles and Washington streets on June 15.

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EastRidge Health Systems moved into the newly renovated space once occupied by the police department. The police department was looking for a more secure location while the EastRidge officials were looking for a place with windows.

At Monday night's meeting, the council discovered that the high ceiling of the new chambers caused poor acoustics.

"I couldn't hear the people on the other side of the room talking," said Councilman Randy Breeden.

City Manager Jane Arnett said the tables have places in which microphones can be installed.

The town's finance committee is considering installing a new sound system in the meeting room.

Officials also decided to have some of the town's streets swept less often so the worker responsible for that task can be freed up to help other town employees catch up on gathering yard waste.

Hilton said he's received numerous calls from people about their grass clippings piling up. Town employees take the grass clippings to the town's compost heap.

Several factors, including the grass growing exceptionally quick this spring because of the warm weather and rain, has caused workers to fall behind in the pickups, Hilton said.

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