The new Municipal Building in Walkerton is complete.
According to Walkerton Building Commissioner Phil Buckmaster, the building is situated at 301 Michigan Street and is twice the size of the old office building on Roosevelt Road. The building holds the offices of the clerk-treasurer and the economic development director as well as the town courtroom/city council meeting room and the police department.
Buckmaster explained that the old building was built in the 1940s and was converted from a garage. The building was not ADA compliant and didn’t meet the requirements for a lot of state codes. There was mold in the basement, the bathroom was coming away from the building, there were leaks in the roof, the front office window couldn’t be sealed from water and many more issues. Once all of the archives are retrieved, the old building will be demolished. Buckmaster said there are some developers interested in building new at that location which could bring business and jobs into the area.
The Walkerton Town Council contracted with Majority Builders and the project was at no cost to the taxpayers. The project started in July of 2013 and ended in mid-March. The project cost just under $2 million.
Buckmaster noted that the building is much more energy efficient and the Town of Walkerton is already seeing the results in utility bills for the building even though the municipal building is twice the size of the old building.
The town is currently upgrading the waste water treatment facility at a cost of $5.2 million.