After a series of work sessions, city councilors did their homework and ranked the potential sites for a new City Hall building.
Remaining contenders are properties to the west and east side of the current City Hall lot, followed by city-owned property adjacent to the RV park site east of U.S. Highway 101.
At the Wednesday, March 9, work session, City Manager Bruce St. Denis encouraged the council to allocate funding for further analysis of these sites.
Sites formerly under consideration but no longer considered viable by councilors included the current City Hall and South Wind east of the highway. Both were considered too expensive to justify developing.
The Spruce Forest Reserve along Ecola Creek was also ruled out as a possible city hall relocation site. While the reserve was considered as a possibility at previous meetings, councilors agreed development of the nature trail would be unlikely to find favor with voters.
St. Denis will ask consultants to gather preliminary information that will allow the council to make more informed decisions before taking the options to the general public. Costs for the study are likely to be under $10,000, St. Denis said.
“Better to make a smaller investment up front to get information,” he said.