CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco’s utility and clerk’s office made its official move to Line Street on Monday. The new office will afford more space for employees and a convenient location for residents who utilize their services.
“We just needed a bigger space,” Clerk-Treasurer Madalyn Sade-Bartl said. “There were three people in a little 14-by-14 room, and we were in the same building as the police department so we often had to deal with police matters.”
The Churubusco Police Department will benefit from the move as well, as it will absorb the vacated space at the Government Center on Main Street.
The new clerk’s office, located at 204 N. Line St., is also equipped with a drop-off box for residents’ convenience.
“I think the biggest advantage is the drop box so people don’t have to come inside to drop off their payments, and it’s much easier to get out of that location than it is to get out of the location on South Main Street,” Sade-Bartl said.
The Line Street building also has a conference room for private meetings.
The town moved its equipment over to the new space on Thursday, and the utility and clerk’s office was back to “business as usual” in the Line Street building Monday morning, Sade-Bartl said.
The Line Street building was the Churubusco Fire Department’s second station, after it moved out of its original location next to the Sheets and Childs Funeral Home, according to Chuck Mathieu of the Churubusco History Center.
The fire department moved out of the North Line Street station in the mid-1960s, Mathieu said, and the town remodeled the building about five years ago in order to rent out the space. A private business utilized it before moving out about two years ago. Since then, it has sat vacant.
“It’s a building that the town already owns so it just made sense (to move the utility and clerk’s offices there),” Sade-Bartl said. “We’ve got this building and all of our records are upstairs, so why not just utilize the office space?”
The Churubusco Town Council approved the move at its Feb. 6 meeting. Since then, the town has spent many hours installing a camera and alarm system, as well as a handicapped-accessible entrance.
“It will hopefully be a good move,” Sade-Bartl said.