Offices will move to banquet facility in transit center at 550 Supply Row for three months

Taft's City offices will be moving out of Civic Center for three months during removal of asbestos abatement followed by a construction project to modernize all the city offices and the City Council Chambers as well.

All of the offices will be operating out of the City's Transit Facility and Banquet Facility, 550 Supply Row starting Aug. 9 and continuing through the month of October.

Notary services will not be available while the city is operating out of the Transit Center. The city phone number will remain the same, but extensions will not be available and calls will have to go through a receptionist

The Taft City Council will meet at the Civic Center on Aug 6, but its Aug. 20 meetings and meetings in September and October will be held at the Transit Facility.

The modernization has been in the planning stages for several years, but the asbestos problem came up only recently.
The asbestos in in floor tiles beneath carpeting that is going to removed and replaced.

After the asbestos is removed, the modernization starts.

In addition to the carpeting throughout the building, new LED lights will be installed along with more energy efficient windows.

Modifications to come into compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements are also planned.

The council chambers will undergo an extensive reconstruction and the permanent seating there will be removed. Movable chairs will be there for council meetings and the chambers will be available for community uses at time, City Manager Craig Jones said.

In addition, a new projection and screen system will be installed.

Audiences will be removed.
The City has budgeted about $700,000 for the project.