Preston City Hall is being remodeled. The city started to build an 1800-square-foot addition to their existing building earlier this summer. The addition will include a conference room as well as an ADA compliant restroom.
The city hall, at 70 West Oneida, is outgrowing their current building needs and they are expanding, said Preston City Councilman Todd Thomas.
“Right now the city council has no place to go for executive session and the addition will have a conference room, giving us the extra room we need to take care of confidential business,” said Thomas. “The [current] roof is flat and prone to leaking, so we are adding a pitched roof to keep the water out.”
As far as the cost of the addition goes, they won’t know until it’s completed, said City Treasurer Kelly Mickelson. They are using city crews to build the structure, he said.
“We are hoping to complete it this winter,” Mickelson explained. “It depends on a lot of things, the people and whatever else comes up.”
Newell Hart’s “Hometown Sketch Book” said the original building was constructed in 1916 by a couple of Johnson brothers. The Johnsons sold Studebaker and Paige luxury cars. In the mid-1920s, Whit Kimball bought the garage and sold Cleveland, Chandler and Oakland cars.
In the winter of 1931-32, the roof caved in because of too much snow. In the summer of 1932 what remained of the building opened as an outdoor dance hall. It lasted only one season.
Preston City purchased the building in 1936 as the municipal headquarters. The mayor and city council met in the upstairs portion of the building and the garage housed the firetrucks and ambulance. In 1973, the lower level was remodeled into the current council chamber.