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New mural greets City Hall visitors

Between the doors leading to staff offices at City Hall, the wall has been papered with a giant enlargement of a 1920s era photo of downtown Hutchinson. In the  picture, shot looking north on Main Street from just south of Sherman, the First National Bank is the tall building on the left, while the building standing above all others in the background on the right is the Wiley Building.

Between the doors leading to staff offices at City Hall, the wall has been papered with a giant enlargement of a 1920s era photo of downtown Hutchinson. In the picture, shot looking north on Main Street from just south of Sherman, the First National Bank is the tall building on the left, while the building standing above all others in the background on the right is the Wiley Building.

Visitors entering HutchinsonCity Hall through the northeast entrance are now being greeted by a wall papered with an enlargement of a 1920s photo of Main Street.

The photo shows street cars creeping along rails laid down the middle of the street, lots of vintage cars parked, crowded sidewalks and people crossing all up and down the street.  It’s shot from just south of Sherman looking to the north, with the First National Bank on the left and the WileyBuilding looming over the rest of the downtown from the background on the right.

Workers are applying a stucco finish to the concrete walls of the City Hall expansion, which will serve as a safe room in the event of severe weather as well as a conference room.

Workers are applying a stucco finish to the concrete walls of the City Hall expansion, which will serve as a safe room in the event of severe weather as well as a conference room.

The mural is part of the ongoing renovation of City Hall.  This week, workers were applying a stucco finish to the exterior of the addition built on the east side of the building. That addition will serve as a safe room for employees and visitors during severe weather as well as a conference room/after-hours meeting room.

Other workers were applying new wall coverings in the lobby as well as in the City Council chambers.

The City Council chambers is getting a makeover.  As part of it, a curved dais will be mounted against the east wall, replacing the dais that used to be along the south wall.  With the new arrangement, people entering and leaving during a meeting won't have to walk between the Council and the audience.

The City Council chambers is getting a makeover. As part of it, a curved dais will be mounted against the east wall, replacing the dais that used to be along the south wall. With the new arrangement, people entering and leaving during a meeting won’t have to walk between the Council and the audience.

Mike Lueck, director of parks and facilities, said that the Council, which has been meeting at the Fire Command and TrainingCenter on East Fourth during the expansion and renovation, will move back to City Hall sometime in January.

Lueck said workers are pulling communication cable and installing ceiling tile this week. Concrete sidewalks on the east side will be poured over the next week or so as weather and temperatures allow.  A new council dais, curved and placed against the east wall so that people coming and going won’t have to walk between the Council and the audience, and new flooring will go in over two weeks starting around Nov. 18. Doors, hardware, sound equipment and other odds and ends will go in the second half of the month. Furniture and signage is expected to arrive sometime in December.

Then the IT department wants some time to test the audio/visual equipment before the doors are opened to the public and the Council returns in January, Lueck said.

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