An open house will be held Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 5-6 p.m. at the Memorial Building, Batesville’s city hall, located at 132 S. Main St.
“We’ve done some upgrading to the building and just finished the first process, primarily on the first floor,” reports Mayor Rick Fledderman. “We’ve implemented some security measures, which is just a sign of the times, repainted and put in a reception area. The plan is to direct all traffic through the front doors .... and present a more professional design.
“A receptionist can direct people where to go, and if she’s not there, there’s a doorbell they can ring” so visitors get into the secure areas.
The last time the structure was renovated was “over 20 years ago,” he says. “We are fortunate to have a great facility like this, and we want to continue to keep it around for many, many, many more years to come.”
The next step is to move the police department’s dispatch center to the basement. “It’s better for them to be below ground in the event of severe weather .... Then the public meeting places will be moved to the current dispatch area, which will be better for seniors and accessibility. Renovation of the basement area will hopefully begin within the next week or so.
“We’re finding things we need to do differently .... It’s still a work in progress.”
The mayor notes, “A lot of people have never been in the building .... so the open house is an opportunity for them to tour it.”
At this same time, the Batesville Area Historical Society will hold a reception in the second floor council chambers to honor three outgoing officers, President Jean Struewing, Treasurer Margie Wilhelm and membership chair Joan Karbowski. An organizational meeting begins at 6 p.m., and the public is invited.
Diane Raver can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.