Chamber mixer christens Georgetown’s new administrative offices move

Town of Georgetown’s new Town Administrative Offices has been open for business since May 1.

GEORGETOWN – Distance-wise, it isn’t much.

In terms of customer service, employee work environment and progress, it’s huge.

A well-attended Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce mixer July 18 publicly christened the town of Georgetown’s new Town Administrative Offices – a two-story complex based only a few yards from the town hall building on The Circle in the heart of the town.

“It was a big move,” said Georgetown Mayor Bill West. “We are moving forward with a new administrative building to show the people that we care. And we want their help. We want them to bring their businesses to Georgetown. And what better way to do it than to take care of your own business. And that is what we have done here, taken care of our own business.”

Built around the structural shell of the former town annex building and what originally was Georgetown’s second fire station, the new administrative offices complex now houses the town planning department, finance, administration and Human Resources.

“We currently have seven employees working in the building, but it can accommodate to 15 to 20,” said Georgetown Town Manager Eugene Dvornick. “It is designed for modular furniture, with availability to expand as the town needs to.”

Kevin Thompson, Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce’s Director of Operations, holds the box as Georgetown Mayor Bill West picks a door prize winner.

“The staff is happy,” said Mayor West. “They are a happy bunch. I think they really enjoy coming to work now!”

State-of-the-art features abound throughout.

“Everything was designed with state-of-the-art for connectivity. The entire building is wi-fi, for the Digital Voice,” said Mr. Dvornick. He added there are multiple voice and data jacks at each of the locations.

A view of the front entrance area of the new Town Administrative Office.

“And the entire building is energy efficient. It’s got motion-sensor lights, individual space air conditioning/HVAC,” said Mr. Dvornick.

The administrative offices move from town hall next door to 39 The Circle was made May 1. The only minor hitch was loss of phone service for about half a day when the switch-over was made from Verizon to Comcast, Mr. Dvornick said.

The town hall building, at 37 The Circle, is currently undergoing complete renovation. When completed, it will house town meetings – council, board of adjustment and planning commission. Mr. Dvornick said there will be meeting space for the public, “if there is somebody that needs an HOA meeting or something like that.”

Renovation competition is anticipated this fall. “Hopefully, per the construction timeline – mid-November,” said Mr. Dvornick. “Right now, it’s down to the brick wall. As with this building, it’s subject to the weather and ability to get stuff done.”

Town of Georgetown voters by a 4 to 1 margin in October of 2015 cast approval authorizing the town to borrow up to $1,925,000 for capital improvements to the town hall and adjacent annex building.

Funding is through a USDA Community Facilities loan over 40 years.

“That is what afforded us the ability to do this project for both buildings,” said Mr. Dvornick.

Anthony DelFranco presents Joe Conaway with his door prize winnings during the Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce mixer held Wednesday at the town of Georgetown’s new administrative offices complex. At left is Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce President Donna Koskey.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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