Liberty will show off new City Hall

August 27, 2003|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - The new City Hall, designed similar to a library in the historic South Shore area of Massachusetts, has a colonial look on the exterior. As one enters the interior with its black tile floors, taupe walls with white trim, and tall palladian windows with white shutters, they find a modern up-to-date building.

Open house is planned 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday to allow guests to get a better view of one of the town's newest government buildings in the downtown area. Arts and crafts from local artisans will be on display in the new $242,000 building at the corner of Middleburg Street and Beldon Avenue.

Mayor Steve Sweeney said the cost covered construction of the brick building, parking lot and landscaping. The original estimate was $389,000, but city employee Donald Wilson acted as construction manager to keep the costs down.

Sweeney said a lot of people had input into planning the building. He liked the layout of the Cohasset, Mass., public library, and the city agreed to model the building after that. The sign, which has 23-karat gold leaf painted on a black background, was designed in Cohasset.


Campbellsville Industries built the cupola with a copper roof for less than $8,000, said Sweeney. The interior of the cupola has windows and the ceiling is painted in the pattern of a blue sky with clouds.

Patterson Construction Co. constructed City Hall in a vacant lot where one building burned and another was torn down. The building has green space around three sides and a drive-thru window on the east side. There is plenty of parking, and more spaces will be added after the old fitness factory building is razed.

"Once we get the fitness factory down, it will look better with the green space and added parking," said Sweeney

A new council room will seat up to 40 people. The building has a conference room, offices for the mayor, city clerk and Economic Development Authority, plus a kitchen area and lots of storage space.

The spacious hallways and offices will feature black and white photographs taken in the city in the early 1900s to the present.

"We got negatives from some of the old scenes around Liberty and printed them," said Sweeney. They are in black frames and will become a permanent fixture in City Hall.

Local electrician Mike True with Anthony Hale and Matt Richardson did the electrical wiring to allow the city to be on the Internet with a local area network. Stuart Carman, executive director of Lake Cumberland Area Development District, helped get the city online, according to the mayor.

Construction of the building began in September and took about six months to complete.

"Things turned out pretty good," said Sweeney. "We're real pleased with it."

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