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The second floor work will allow for a portion of the police command staff to move and create more room overall.

The Molalla City Council agreed to a bid that will help them renovate the second floor of the city hall in the near future.

"This remodel of this particular portion of city hall is based on moving our police command staff to the second floor so we can create a little extra room for our police department until we move them all to their new facility at some point," City Manager Dan Huff told the council. "We know that will take a couple of years before that happens."

With the new Molalla Civic Center (where the Nov. 10 meeting was held) creating opportunities for the City of Molalla, some moving parts are still being worked out.

FILE PHOTO - The Molalla City Hall's second floor will get a little facelift to help house the Molalla Police command staff and open up more room on the first floor.

"Since we are moving municipal court (to the civic center), we can't hold municipal court upstairs anymore, and you all knew that last spring when we decided to make that happen," Huff explained. "It has taken us this long to get the bid out."

The low bid of the four received came from INLINE Commercial Construction Inc., which won the project with a bid at just over $219,000.

"The bid came in lower than we thought it would, and I'm actually very pleased about this," Huff said.

Mayor Scott Keyser asked a question he guessed many would ask: Where is this money coming from?

Huff said that the funds to pay for the renovation were budgeted in the last fiscal year and carried over to the current fiscal year.

"We did not get to the point where were able to spend that money last year, so we carried it forward," Huff said. "It's general fund money, built up on facility improvements that we need to make in other places. It's in the budget. It's not money we are taking from other places."

Council passed the motion to accept the bid and start the process by a 4-0 vote.


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