(Juneau) After months of delays, the city of Juneau is finally closing on a property that will be their new city hall. The common council Tuesday night approved an amendment to the purchase offer for the former Farmers and Merchants Bank. The bank is selling the Jewel Street building to the city for $165-thousand dollars, $10-thousand dollars lower than the original offer. Closing was supposed to be in June but was held up by matters still being worked out related to covenant restrictions in the subdivision. Mayor Dan Wegener says the bank offered a very discounted rate and much of the building could be used for city hall almost immediately.
The current City Hall at 150 Miller Street, across from the Dodge County Administration Building, is in need of repairs that officials say are not cost-effective. Move-in costs are estimated at around $30-thousand dollars. The Farmers and Merchants Union Bank branch in Juneau has moved into a new 2,700-square-foot facility located at the intersection of Highway 26 and Western Avenue, next to the Piggly Wiggly. Juneau moved into the current City Hall, a former law office, in 1986. Closing on Juneau’s new city hall is Thursday.