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Hudson -- City departments are scattered around the city, but Council Jan. 16 unanimously approved a lease for office space, consolidating seven departments under one roof.
City Manager Anthony Bales recommended Council approve leasing 11,248-square feet of office space from Jacklin Properties LLC at 115 Executive Parkway, Suite 400, to consolidate the City Manager's Office, Clerk of Council, Finance, Information Systems, Community Development, Economic Development and Engineering departments into a single location.
Former Council member John Jeffers, who was honored for his nine years of service, asked Council to reconsider the move because the Town Hall building is the "essence of Hudson."
Council President David Basil said most of the offices that would move to the new location are not in Town Hall, and the three-year lease would give the city an opportunity to see how consolidation works before considering a permanent city facility. The other Council members agreed.
Last year Council and the city worked on a Strategic Plan and one of the goals was to improve efficiency, effectiveness, quality and availability of services, according to Bales. One of the associated topics included the need for improved government facilities.
"The lease payments would essentially be equal to our current lease payments," Bales said.
The savings from the relocation of Community Development, IS/GIS, Engineering and Economic Development would be offset by the relocation of the City Manager's Office and Finance Department.
The first year would cost $35,000 more but includes approximately $20,000 to 50,000 for moving, minor building renovations and fixtures, furnishings and equipment. The second and third year would be approximately $3,000 to 4,000 more.
See the Sunday, Jan. 20 Hudson Hub-Times for more on this story.