City Hall Relocation Options Discussed
Marinette’s City Hall may be living on borrowed time as officials continue to consider relocation and reconstruction options. Common Council discussed the city’s space needs at their meeting Tuesday. A previous study of Marinette County’s Ella Court building showed it could cost several million dollars to renovate that facility to accommodate the city and might still fall short of meeting all their requirements. City Engineer Brian Miller says the current City Hall and Police Department building not only no longer meets their space needs, but is failing in other capacities, as well.
Alderperson Jeff Skorik says the Public Safety Committee recently toured the Police Department and feels the facility is so inadequate that it may invoke some safety concerns. He says the Police Department’s needs have been passed over for too long and it’s time for the city to make that issue a priority.
Mayor Steve Genisot says the current BAMC hospital, which will be vacated later this summer, could be another viable relocation option and adds he’s also been approached by private entities about utilizing their sites for City Hall and the Police Department. The City will likely form a working committee to explore further options and cost estimates and present those to the council as they become available.