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Nicholasville delays city hall

NICHOLASVILLE — Construction won't start on a new city hall as quickly as elected officials had planned.

Last week, the Nicholasville City Commission voted to postpone construction of a new city hall, which will cost $6 million to $7 million. The project will be funded with municipal bonds, but in light of the weakened economy, city officials want to be sure that city revenues continue to come in to make the bond payments.

Postponement is a precautionary move, said Streets Superintendent Gary Goldey, a member of the committee that made the "wait" recommendation to the city commission.

"We're not in any trouble. We're not hurting," Goldey said. "But we certainly don't want to put ourselves in a situation where a glitch or two would put us in a bad situation."

"The message we want to relay is: We need a new city hall, we have to have it, and we will build it," said Mayor Russ Meyer.

Meyer and the city commissioners broke ground May 8 for a new city hall two blocks north of the current one at 517 North Main Street.

The two-story building will have more than 20,000 square feet and a basement. The first floor will have a meeting room, billing office and tax office, while the second floor would have offices for the mayor, commissioners, city clerk, utilities director, and building inspector.

The current city hall, which was dedicated in 1976, has about 10,000 square feet.

When the new city hall is built, the police department will move across the street and into the current city hall. That, in turn, will free up more space for the Nicholasville Fire Department in the building it now shares with the police department.