Warner Robins approves $4.1 million city hall renovations
Mayor Randy Toms and council approved the $4.1 million project this week.
“I don’t think this is just a place where people come to pay their utility bill in the future,” Toms said.
He has a new vision for what city hall will look like.
“I think this is a place where people come down here and enjoy an event,” he said.
He and council voted to move forward with plans to renovate the 40-year-old building and make it better for those who work there and who come to visit.
“We want to create an environment down here in this part of town in front of city hall where we have events and we bring people to have good times,” said Toms.
Plans are to use more than four million dollars in penny sales tax money to create a new pre-council chamber area and fix up electric and water issues, a possible big screen for families to enjoy movies.
Perhaps the biggest change will be in the front courtyard — tearing out the cement and replacing it with engraved bricks honoring veterans from all branches of the military.
Councilman Chuck Shaheen, the former mayor, isn’t exactly thrilled with the idea of putting a memorial where residents pay their utility bills.
“I understand how political climates change, but they voted on a memorial park and now they’re getting a courtyard,” Shaheen said.
Toms says the “veteran’s park” is more so supplementary to the Vietnam veteran’s park planned near Russell Parkway.
“That’s what we’re on track to do is to do exactly what we said and then in the process hopefully we’re going to get a little extra on top of that,” he said.
A little extra to boost economic development in the city.
Mayor Toms says contractors plan to renovate city hall and the veterans park in five phases with plans of completing the project in a year.