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Killeen City Hall To Move Several Departments Due To Structure Issues

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Killeen is looking to move several departments out of city hall in an effort to relieve some structural issues in the decades-old building.

Officials say that the moves will also help create better customer service for those departments relocating.

Last month, the Killeen City Hall building was assessed and several structural issues were detected. Officials say that too much weight on the top floors of the building are causing those departments to now have to move.

"Obviously, when you have a lot of people, a lot of files, a lot of books, a lot of desks - that puts a strain on a building that was built as a school house in 1923," Killeen city spokeswoman Hilary Shine said.

Now, age has caught up with the building, and too much weight on the second and third floors is forcing two major departments to leave and set up at other nearby city-owned facilities.

"As a result of that study and our plans that were in place, we are in the process of moving services out of city hall and into other buildings," Shine said.

The city's permits and finance divisions will now be housed in new locations with permits and city code enforcement merging to make a one-stop-shop for those seeking building and construction certifications.

"It's going to afford the opportunity to give better customer service to our citizens," code enforcement field supervisor Lee Watts said.

While the building doesn't currently pose a safety threat to employees, city leaders say it's time to take some preventative measures to make sure that the building can continue to serve as city headquarters for years to come.

"The solution is to move out of this building," Shine said. "We've outgrown it. We've been here since 1995, and now we have over 1300 employees obviously located all over the city, but quite a few are located here, so relieving the people, the congestion in this building is going to prolong its life span."

Both departments have already started the process of moving out of city hall, and officials believe both divisions will be completely relocated within the next month.

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