By Jeremy Warnemuende
Mason News staff writer
The Mason City Hall has been in operation for quite some time, but when the city hosted a grand opening for the building on Friday, the state-of-the art new City Hall officially became open for business
With construction completed in March, the new City Hall had been in use for most of the summer before Friday’s grand opening. The old building had a number of issues, including a leaky roof and limited space, making a new building almost necessary, mayor Leon Clark said.
“It really is great to have this new building,” Clark said. “We are all really proud to call this City Hall.”
Some Mason residents said they were skeptical of constructing a new City Hall, especially in the current economic climate. According to old City Council minutes, the budget for the building was $5.9 million.
Although it took a large chunk of money, those who were at the grand opening Friday, which featured tours and ribbon cutting ceremony, were pleased with what they saw.
“The place does look nice, and I had heard how bad the old one had gotten,” Mason resident Cheryl Manning said. “I’m sure it was a lot of money, but it looks really good.”
Featuring a number of “green” innovations, the building is supposed to be more energy efficient than the old structure and also has technology making it possible to watch City Council meetings from home on local cable.
“That is pretty nice,” Manning said of being to watch City Council meetings from her couch. “I never go to those, but I know I should.”
Along with tours and ribbon cutting, a statue depicting Stevens T. Mason — Michigan’s first governor — also was unveiled at the new City Hall.
“We’re very happy with everything about this building,” Clark said.