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City Hall reopens
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McMinnville Mayor Ben Newman holds a red ribbon and a giant pair of scissors at Monday’s ribbon cutting for the new and improved City Hall on Main Street. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

City Hall at 101 East Main Street is on its way to becoming a one-stop shop for all things McMinnville government.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Monday morning at 9 a.m. at McMinnville City Hall. It signifies the return of all offices to the building. However, due to COVID-19 precautions, foot traffic is still restricted and access is by appointment only.

“I want to thank everyone who worked hard to make the difficult move happen,” said Mayor Ben Newman. “This is a great thing for our citizens and staff to be back downtown. For citizens it means better services all in one location. This also brings more people downtown for the sake of our businesses which will increase foot traffic to their locations. For our staff, we will be more efficient and a better team moving back to downtown all together.”

The city moved from the building over a year ago. With a new elevator to meet ADA compliance and the relocation of Regions Bank allowing the city use of the first floor, the building now provides citizens access to multiple public services and eliminates the need for citizens to travel to multiple offices to obtain the services they need.

“The added police on the third floor will also be a benefit to downtown and the police staff,” said Newman. “They will be a welcomed presence downtown and finally have a new home. This will also increase foot traffic to our downtown stores with the police staff, weekly city court, and the traffic school. We also save money by not spending all the money on maintenance/high utilities at the Red Road location, and not having to build a $4 million new police facility. It’s a win/win.”

First floor:

• Finance Department

• Utility bill payment

• Tax bill payment

Second floor:

• Community Deve-lopment – business licensing, yard sale permits, planning and zoning, building permits, stormwater management, floodplain management, and property maintenance.

• Mayor’s office

• City/ municipal court

• Board room

Third Floor:

• Police Department

• City Administrator

• Human Resources

•Information Tech-nology

• Training Room

For additional convenience, a walk-up window has been installed for customers to pay utility bills and property taxes. It is located in the spot where the Region’s Bank ATM was once located.