The Jacksonville City Council announced Tuesday evening that City Hall will soon have a new home.

After an executive session to discuss real property, the council reconvened for a vote to approve the former Oncor building on U.S. Highway 79 near Larissa and Ragsdale streets as its new location.

The council voted unanimously to approve the purchase of the building.

“It's been a long time coming, and we really needed it and to have a place to put our best foot forward and have a city hall we can be proud of,” said Mo Raissi, Jacksonville City Manager.

The city purchased the the building for $125,000, and the price tag includes an area that encompasses almost a full city block with a large parking lot.

Raissi said the existing building will be used for the utility's department, because it has a drive-through. Another building will be constructed next to the former Oncor building to house city staff, the municipal court offices and council chambers, Raissi said.

Raissi added that no bond money or loans were used to purchase the building.

“We've been saving money, so will will not be using any bond money or borrowing, because we have been very good custodians of our public funds,” Raissi said.

He said it will take about a year to completely transform and move to the new location

For the full story from Tuesday night's Jacksonville City Council meeting, see the Thursday edition of the Progress!




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