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Electric City Hall in midst of upgrades


From the left, Duane Jones and Kyle Christie, of Graybeal Signs Inc., of Wenatchee, fit Electric City's new sign to the front of city hall. This completes the face-lifting efforts to improve the looks of the building. New air conditioning, paint, and the sign were all a part of this year's improvement efforts. Total cost of the improvements: about $33,000. - Roger S. Lucas phot

Phase two of the facelift of Electric City's municipal building was completed last Wednesday with the hanging of a new sign, and there's more to come.

City officials have stated that the 2017 budget will include money to replace windows and doors to city hall.

Former mayor Jerry Sands got it started a few years ago with work inside that included painting, new carpet, and refitting city council chambers with a remodeled conference table and new chairs, all at bargain basement prices.

Reached last week, Sands said that he and Ken Anderson took a 4x8-foot existing table and re-did the top into a larger version with a tile pattern. The painting was done internally, and the council chairs were picked up on sale for under $40 each.

The carpet, in phase one, was the largest cost at about $7,600.

This past week, workers finished painting the outside, and hung the sign. Artificial rock work trim was installed, along with four new air conditioner units that double as air conditioning and heating units. The cost on phase two was just under $30,000.

City Clerk Jackie Perman said that, with council's approval, the doors and windows, phase three of the remodeling project, would be in the 2017 budget.

The cement-block building was constructed in 1967, and at that time also housed the volunteer fire department. The part of the building that housed the fire department was re-done in 1993, when the new fire barn was constructed nearby.

Perman said that the city is already getting many favorable comments about the new look of city hall.

The building is painted a moderate gray, with artificial rock trim, and with a new logo sign.

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