BRIER – Those who work for the city of Brier already are breathing easier.
And that’s despite the fact they’re now working in trailers.
Next year, they’ll have more room as well, with the city’s new $2.2 million city hall scheduled for completion in February. Ground will be broken for the building at 9 a.m. Monday at 2901 228th Street SW.
City officials have discussed building a new city hall for years, but the city did not have the funds until recently. The new, 14,000-square-foot building will be financed with $1.2 million in city reserve funds and a $1 million state loan, city clerk-treasurer Paula Swisher said.
The old administration building and the portable that housed the police department were torn down in June. No one was sorry to see them go, Swisher said.
“On the hottest days of the summer, the heat worked great,” she said. “On the cold days, the air conditioning worked, and we couldn’t get it to go the other way.”
The police building “was literally falling apart; it was disintegrating,” Swisher said. The public works department worked for years in a 12-foot by 56-foot trailer, she said.
Even the current temporary trailers, though small in quarters, have air conditioning that works, she said.
The new building will house all 17 city employees in its three departments – administration, police and community development. It will be a two-story structure consisting of a basement level and ground level floor.
The new building is being built on the site of the former City Hall, with the temporary trailers located nearby.
Reporter Bill Sheets: 425-339-3439 or firstname.lastname@example.org.