London Mayor Pat Closser is formulating a plan to consolidate the city’s offices, in order to save the city money.
Closser and Safety Service Director Joe Mosier came to the commissioner’s office Monday to look into finance options for the renovation of 20 S. Walnut St., the old primary school building, which is the proposed site to move the city’s offices.
“We looked at the project and talked about it, we already have the architectural drawings done. We actually have a quote for the work,” said Mosier.
Closser said renovations themselves are estimated to cost between $1 million and $2 million.
County Administrator Rob Slane said he talked with Mosier and Closser about options.
“We’ve found the county to be great partners in the past so we want to look for their help when applicable,” said Closser.
In the past, the county helped London purchase a street sweeper.
Usually the county offers loans over five years, but the mayor said he wanted to see if they could extend the time.
The discussions are all part of a fact-finding project by Closser’s administration to bring a proposal to move the offices into the city-owned building, with the exception being police, fire and streets, as they need extra space to store equipment.
The concept has been discussed for years before he took office, but the current mayor wanted to pursue it further for the convenience and savings it could provide the village.
“Our thinking is to move all of our offices into one building, so it becomes a ‘one-stop-shop,’” he said. “If someone has business with utilities but also needs to say … talk to the zoning office or the law director, they could just go to one place rather than travel to every office.”
Closser also found that, over time, there could be savings on utilities and supplies as they would only need to cover the single building. The old offices would be sold off, bringing more income.
Currently, the proposals are being discussed in the city’s finance committee. They’ve asked Closser to look for more information before further review. He said it won’t likely make it to city council’s review for at least two more months.
He also encourages the public’s input.
Maximilian Kwiatkowski can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617 or on Twitter @MSFKwiat.