The Yorkville City Council on Tuesday continued its discussion on the renovation of the new city hall and police station at 651 Prairie Pointe Drive. The city council is considering either a renovation that includes an expansion to the building for a city hall meeting room priced at around $8-million or a renovation that places the city council chamber in an existing room on the third floor of the building for around $5-million. While Alderman Chris Funkhouser hasn't settled on an option, he did say that the expansion option has advantages, like having room to expand.
The architect consulting with the city on the renovation did say that the expansion option would give the city more room to grow with staff. Mayor John Purcell is in favor of the cheaper option without the expansion.
Purcell also says he doesn't anticipate the city having to make room for too many new employees. The city council has yet to make final decision on the renovation.
The city council also discussed how much much money it will borrow for the renovation of the new city hall building. The city council last year authorized up to $8.25-million in bond sales. Not all the money has to go toward the new city hall, it can also be used for road projects. The council still needs to vote to finalize how much money will be borrowed, but did lean toward the full amount during a straw poll taken by Mayor John Purcell.