Freeport, Illinois — Contractors have completed work on the Carnegie building at 314 W. Stephenson Street as the City’s new city hall. City offices have begun moving personnel, offices, computers and files to the new location. The Water & Sewer Department is already moved to 314 W. Stephenson Street and conducting business on the lower level.
The balance of City Departments, including Community Development, Finance, Mayor, Clerk and Treasurer are moving this week from 524 W. Stephenson Street to 314 W. Stephenson Street. To expedite the final stages of the move, Community Development, Finance and City elected officials, including the Mayor’s office, will be closed this coming Thursday, February 23, 2017 and Friday, February 24, 2017.
Closure is necessary to accommodate the movement of furniture, files, computers and other equipment to the new location. “There is no way to accommodate phone calls, office visits and routine business while the movers are busy moving these very offices,” stated Mayor Jim Gitz. “We want to get the move done, the computers up and running and the telephones operational as soon as possible,” Gitz said. “We regret the inconvenience to the public but there is no way to get this done quickly unless we set aside sufficient time to make the move.”
Patrons are reminded that the Water & Sewer Department will continue with routine business at the new location without interruption. Engineering Services are already relocated. The office closure will only affect the above listed offices and only on this coming Thursday and Friday. City offices are expected to be fully operational beginning next Monday, February 27, 2017.
Drop boxes for Water & Sewer payments will remain functional in the rear parking lot of the 524 W. Stephenson location for the next two months.