Ashtabula's new offices open for business

May 16—ASHTABULA — Elected city officials and staff are getting acquainted with their new office space at 4230 Lake Ave.

Rising Sun Properties owned three properties down the street that became available and the city was able to purchase them.

On Thursday, April 18, the City Manager's office, Clerk of Council and Finance Planning and Community Development Departments moved out of their former location at the KeyBank building at 4250 Lake Ave.

The building also housed the Ashtabula Juvenile Court downstairs.

City Manager Jim Timonere said since they are out, the Probation Court is now able to move in.

"It's a 4,500-square foot building," Timonere said. "We just didn't need that much space. Even on the floor that we occupied."

The building that houses the new city offices is smaller and has more security, with a check-in area.

Timonere said the city can save on utilities and that will be able to resolve maintenance issues more efficiently.

"It's a little cozier, but fine," said City Manager Executive Assistant Brenda Sanders. "No matter where I've worked, I've learned to adapt to the environment. This is the third City Hall that I have worked in and they all have pros and cons."

The Council chambers building is next door and is also easily accessible to the public.

The Health Department is now across the street at 4239 Lake Ave, formerly Gloekler Chiropractic.

Currently the buildings have no signage.

Timonere said they will be getting signage for all of the buildings soon and says that this will make it easier for the public to locate and recognize them.

He is happy that the new buildings are at the eastern entrance to the city, near Route 20.

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