Town Hall makes the move to new offices
Employees at Truckee Town Hall and the Sierra Sun have at least one thing in common: we’re both moving.
Town Hall will be moving from its existing building on Donner Pass Road above the Truckee Donner Public Utility District to a 40,000-square-foot building near the airport on Highway 267.
Located at 10183 Airport Road, the new town hall will occupy the building formerly owned by Truckee River Bank, which eventually became Bank of the West. Town staff will only occupy about a third of the building. The remaining two-thirds will be available for lease.
“One of the customers is Bank of the West, the former owners of the building,” Town Manager Steve Wright said. “They still occupy about 25 percent of the space.”
The new building will retain all the telephone and fax numbers used by town staff.
Changes will include a chamber room slightly larger than the current room at the utility district building. The conference room will hold 90 people vs. 60 and will be equipped with additional broadcast capabilities.
“The presentation will be clearer and sharper for people watching on TV,” Wright said.
The new municipal building will also be used as an Emergency Operation Center (EOC).
“We’ve been working with Truckee Fire Protection District in the wiring so they will be able to use the building as an operations center,” Wright said.
“It’s not unusual to have an EOC at a town hall. It’s a good location that people recognize. I think it’s a good decision,” said Capt. Gary Botto with the Truckee Fire Department.
Wright added that he has been going through the remodeling process, which may include a mural resembling the Town of Truckee logo and perhaps some art behind the council dais.
“Other than that it will be a pretty basic municipal building,” he said.
Truckee Mayor Maia Schneider said town staff handles the design decisions but she was asked to help pick out some of the colors.
“This is kind of a soft opening,” Truckee Mayor Maia Schneider said. “We do anticipate having a community open house.”
Schneider also said that the move to the building on Airport Road is considered mid-term.
“We do want to maintain a downtown presence and anticipate moving again in seven to 10 years,” she said.
Employees at Town Hall have begun packing boxes of materials for the move next week.
Formally, the move will begin Friday afternoon. The moving company will arrive on Saturday. On Sunday and Monday staff will unpack and reopen on Tuesday, Nov. 7.
Things to know about
the new Town Hall:
— Truckee Town Hall is located at 10183 Airport Road in Truckee, zip code 96161.
— All the fax and phone numbers for Town staff will be the same.
— All offices will be closed at noon on Friday, Nov. 3 and all day Monday, Nov. 6 for moving purposes. They will reopen at the new location on Tuesday, Nov. 7.
— Effective Nov. 7, new office hours for the planning, building, code enforcement and animal control departments will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
— Hours for administration, engineering and public works departments will remain 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
— Truckee Town Council meetings will continue to be conducted at the old Conference room at the PUD until Dec. 1.
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