(Posted June 1, 2014)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Renovation and reorganization of South Charleston’s village offices is now complete.
The offices are located on the first floor of town hall at 35 S. Chillicothe St. The work, all totaled, cost about $36,000.
Most of the money was spent on overhauling the restrooms—one for men and another for women that is handicap accessible and can function as a unisex restroom.
“They had to go through six layers of old flooring and do some beam work for support,” said Cheryl Spears, village clerk.
As the only restrooms in the building, the facilities serve not only village employees and customers, but also visitors using the second-story opera house for special events.
What once was the old jail and most recently served as the police department office is now the mayor’s court clerk office. The room was last renovated in 1997.
The police department moved to the old township trustees room at the front of the building. The room most recently served as the mayor’s court. Renovations included new paint, carpet, desks and drapes. The police salvaged old lockers from Miami View School to use for equipment storage.
The community room now serves double duty. In addition to hosting youth baseball signups and serving as a staging area for prom pictures, it is the new mayor’s court space.
“Our mayor’s court has grown. In the old room, it was standing room only,” Spears said.
To soften the noise that comes with larger groups in a wood-floored space, the room is now equipped with acoustical panels and chairs with cushioned seats.
“Before we made any changes to the room, we went to Sam McAdow first and ran the plan by him,” Spears said. McAdow, a local business owner, played a large part in the last renovation of the community room, after which it was dedicated to Virginia Malsbary Robinson, a former Houston branch librarian. McAdow was fine with the changes, Spears said.
To help visitors navigate their way around town hall’s revamped main floor, signs are posted outside each office.
About the project, Spears commented, “We weren’t using the building to its full potential and now we are.”