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New building for city hall?


   Madras City Council will host an informal town meeting at 6 p.m., Monday, May 14, to discuss the current condition of the existing police station and City hall.
   The process of evaluation, design, and construction of a new police station/city hall will also be discussed.
   The City Council urges all those interested in this topic to come to the meeting.
   City administrator Mike Morgan said the deed has been recorded on the 4 1/2 acres of land near Westside Elementary, which the city swapped with the 509-J School District for 20 acres in the Yarrow subdivision. The 4 1/2-acre downtown property would allow the city to build a new police station and city hall.
   "The deed is recorded and it took us two years. Once you start down this path, it's likely you will proceed on to construction," Morgan said.
   Council member Walt Chamberlain added, "It's very important to the city that we establish at least one town hall type meeting before we go down this trail. I want public input on this before we proceed."
   Councilors and staff will provide walking tours of the existing facility, invite and listen to the comments and suggestions of the public, and explain the initial process.
   The meeting is expected to last about 1 1/2 hours.