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Sterling Coliseum should be ready by July 1 1

Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 2:27 p.m. CST

STERLING – The City Council should be able to resume meeting in the Coliseum by July, the city manager says.

The council has been meeting at the former Blockbuster store, dubbed the City Hall Annex, at 20 W. Third St. while the $4.5 million Coliseum renovation project has been under way.

The new council chambers should be ready for meetings by July 1, City Manager Scott Shumard said.

CGH Medical Center has a lease on the annex, Shumard said, and the hospital now can look to other uses for the building.

The new chambers will have better acoustics, new monitors for presentations and a new lectern where people can speak, Shumard said.

The elevator for the police department will be installed this week. Construction crews also hope to begin work on the new staircase on the south wall this week.

The asbestos has been removed on the first, second and third floors, and the former city manager and mayor’s area has been gutted, as has the code enforcement area, Shumard said.

Phase I includes transforming the auditorium into an open work space, installing a geothermal system and all new plumbing, Shumard said.

The outer edges of the auditorium, under the former mezzanine, became office space, he said.

“The big point was the single reception counter in the front ... there’s a single reception desk for all of our customer service needs,” Shumard said. “That was one of the big goals I had going into the remodel, to make sure we weren’t sending citizens to three different floors trying to get information.”

Electric switch panels in the entire building were upgraded, and new water lines will be laid, he said.

“Most of the things here dated back to 1930-1931; all that stuff needed to be replaced.”

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