Goodnight said there was no public staircase in the original city hall, forcing everyone to use the elevators.
He said one of the elevators was out of service for several weeks, waiting on repair parts, and that meant everyone had to use one elevator.
“We didn’t have a plan B if both elevators were out of service,” he said. “There are employee stairs. This gives people the opportunity to use the stairs and promotes a healthier work environment.”
Goodnight said the design and construction were done using a local architect and construction company.
“They used a lot of local subcontractors,” he said. “The money predominately, if not all of it, stayed in the community.”
The second phase of the remodeling will again focus on the public spaces. Changes will be made to conference rooms and some new furniture will be purchased.
“Whatever we spend should last for 15 or 20 years,” Goodnight said. “This is the most visible public building in the city.”
Goodnight said the second phase is needed to make the project look complete.
The entire cost of the project was paid for with available funds.
“We’ve tried to clean up streets, thoroughfares and parks,” Goodnight said. “We have three fire stations that are less than six years old. We’ve remodeled two others and have plans for Station 6 in 2014.
“We’re taking pride in the public spaces,” he said.