COLUMBIA CITY — City Hall in Columbia City is taking on a new look and making cost saving improvements at the same time.

The city is participating in the state’s energy savings program, updating the building with energy-saving features, such as new air ducts, a new ceiling and new windows, among other items.

The state’s program loans money for the project, which is paid back via the energy cost savings over the next 15 years.

At the same time the energy-savings changes are being made, Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel is preparing to move he and his administrative assistant’s office upstairs into what was formerly the police department’s administrative office. The former captain’s office will be the new conference room.

Future plans are to convert the mayor’s first-story office into a new dispatch center, alleviating overcrowding.

The dispatch center will eventually be receiving new consoles, which there is not enough room for in the current space. Additionally, Daniel wants to prepare for the future and the city’s continuing growth.

“They’re really cooped up over there,” Daniel said.

The renovation comes with no tax increase, an area of importance for Daniel. When he took office in 2012, it wasn’t until 2013 that the bond for the previous renovation was paid off — which was in the early 1990s

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