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Newport Fire Hall, City Hall may get new floors

The Newport City Hall and Fire Hall No. 1 are in need of new flooring, City Administrator Deb Hill said earlier this month.

With the city’s 125th anniversary next year, Hill said the city is interested in fixing stained, worn floors in both the council chambers and City Hall offices as well as the upper floor of Fire Hall No. 1.

The main driving force for moving up the floor replacement, Hill said, is that the office floors at City Hall actually slope toward 7th Street.

“It’s caused problems continuously with our copier,” Hill told the council. “We just don’t have that even floor.”

In talking with Bruce Hanson, the city’s public works superintendent, Hill said the slope could be fixed by re-sheetrocking the walls.

“As long as the fire hall would do it, we have some synergy with them to come in here and just do all one shot,” Hill added.

The $17,000 project — which includes all three areas — was originally slated for 2016 and came in under the $20,000 anticipatory figure. The funds, Hill told the council, is already allotted in the city’s budget under general building costs and “does not change the cash flow.”

The council voted to solicit bids for the project. The city is expected to begin reflooring the two buildings this winter.