Thursday Apr 03 2008
New City Hall is â€˜the heart and soulâ€™ of Lincoln
By: James Morrison The News Messenger
Lincoln officials publicly dedicated its new, larger, four-story City Hall Saturday morning in front of a large crowd that was undeterred by the early-morning drizzle. The requirement of a new City Hall is a reflection of our city's needs and dreams, said Mayor Primo Santini. It's the heart and soul of Lincoln. The new building, located directly behind the old City Hall, also houses the Western Placer Unified School District offices. Superintendent of Schools Scott Leaman was enthusiastic about the merging of the city and school district offices. You can get bus passes on the fourth floor and pay your water bill on the second, he said. Lincoln residents were encouraged to explore the new Lincoln City Hall in a virtually all-access self-guided tour. Most of the visitors were impressed with the new building. It's a beautiful building, said 10-year-old Lincoln resident Charlotte Leal. Even the elevator is elegant. The four-story building is the tallest in Lincoln's downtown area. The fourth-floor conference room, appropriately named the Outlook, provides a scenic view of downtown and the Sierra Nevada foothills. There's no better place to watch the city from than the fourth floor, said school board trustee Paul Carras. I just hope it's big enough and they don't have to start building a new one in five years, said Bruce Dobbs of the Lincoln Business Network. Lincoln's city manager, Gerald Johnson, presided over the dedication as master of ceremonies. Girl Scout Troop No. 133 opened the ceremony with the pledge of allegiance.