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Old city hall making room for new
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A backhoe works on a pile of debris that used to be the inspections office at the back of Hinesville City Hall as it tears out a wall of the two-story section. - photo by Photo by Pat Watkins
Hinesville’s old city hall was demolished this week in preparation for a new building to be constructed on the site during the next 18 months.
The new, 48,000-square foot, three-story city hall should be completed in November or December 2011, according to Hinesville City Manager Billy Edwards. The project, funded by SPLOST dollars and a loan, will cost about $7 million to complete. Choate Construction of Savannah was hired to build the new city hall.
The city’s water department, along with community development, finance, human relations, building inspections and public relations, has moved to the city’s temporary city hall on the second floor of Hinesville’s police station located at 123 E. M.L. King, Jr. Dr., which is adjacent to where the old Hinesville City Hall once stood.
Residents can access most city hall offices for service via a designated elevator in the Hinesville Police Department lobby, according to city spokesperson Krystal Britton. Britton said folks and businesses can also pay their water bills online, through the mail, in person at a payment counter in the police department lobby or at a kiosk which will be set up in the HPD lobby.
The city also has provided two drop boxes for water payments.
“One is in front of the Hinesville Police Department and the other is at our Fort Stewart office located at the Soldier Service Center, Building 253 at 55 Pony Soldier Avenue,” Britton said.
Customers who pay their bills at the kiosk must use a credit or debit card, she advised. Check or cash will not be accepted at the kiosk, Britton said.
“Customers will need to have their customer number and PIN or the invoice number from the most recent water bill to make water payments at the kiosk,” she explained.
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