Move-in to Old Courthouse: February at Earliest
Pine City is still not in its new home. The Pine City council discussed making the transition of city hall to the old courthouse at Wednesday’s city council meeting. Originally, the plan was to move in by the beginning of the year, but City Administrator Don Howard says it’s going to take a bit longer.
The city is leasing the courthouse from Pine County for $35,000 a year and will use the building for a new city hall. The current city hall will be used for the expansion of the Pine City Library.
The city will use only the first floor for city hall.
Howard said he did a walk through of the building and says there are plans to put security gates on all stairwells to block up the upper and lower levels of the facility, which was a point of concern among council members while negotiating the lease.
Pine City Mayor Jane Robbins said the city needs to move operations into the old courthouse facility as soon as possible.
Howard added that it may benefit the city to make the move in two parts.