McMinnville City Hall finally has a functioning elevator.
The city moved from 101 East Main Street over a year ago due to elevator issues creating a lack of ADA compliance. Officials contracted with KONE, Inc. at a cost of $173,300 to replace the elevator.
“The state’s inspection just passed,” said city administrator Nolan Ming, of the elevator. “We will be moving back in.”
First to make the return will be the city’s Community Development Department. In August of 2019, it relocated to Belmont Drive and into the city’s Public Works Department building. Community Development closed this week and will reopen for business at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 21 on the second floor of City Hall.
“Due to COVID-19 precautions, the office is still appointment only and the front doors of City Hall will remain locked. They can be reached at 473-1204 to schedule an appointment,” said Ming.
McMinnville Police Department will be relocating during the first week of October onto the building’s third flood. The precinct has been housed in Red Road Business Park since November 2009. Relocation was prompted by the departure of Regions Bank from the first floor of City Hall.
The city’s Tax Department and Water and Sewer Department relocated to Bell Street. Those will return to City Hall at the end of October. When they do, those departments will be located on the first floor. A walk-up window for customer convenience has been installed on the courthouse side of City Hall.
Because the elevator is fully operational, McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen meetings will also return to City Hall. Most of those meetings have been held at Park Theater.
Officials’ next regular meeting night of Sept. 22 will be offered on the second floor at 101 East Main Street in the board and conference rooms.