A New Home:
City Hall, Reading Centre move
into new building in downtown Hickman
By The Voice News - April 20, 2017
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Photos by Darren Ivy,The Voice News
The recently completed Hickman Community Center (above left) is a big change from the previous building (above right), which was located in the same spot in the town’s downtown before being demolished. While the new building is not completely situated with furniture, and other items as of yet, city officials are hoping to have most things ready for the public Open House, which is set for May 6. Other photos on the page display the highly anticipated gym, kitchen area and other rooms that many in the area have said they are excited to see brought to town.
HICKMAN – Last Friday, the City of Hickman officially moved into its new home in the Hickman Community Center.
It capped a year and a half construction process on the $3.6 million facility that now houses the City of Hickman offices, Hickman Reading Centre, the meeting chambers for the Hickman City Council and a full-size gymnasium and meeting area.
“We have a lot of work to do still to get organized,” said Hickman City Administator Silas Clarke. “The City plans to have most everything ready for the Open House on May 6.”
The idea of the new Community Center came about after a community survey back in 2011 identified it as a primary need.
Demolition crews knocked down the previous Hickman Community Center and City Offices on March 27, 2015.
The City of Hickman had already moved into its temporary offices across the street at 108A Locust Street.
City Council meetings had been moved to the Hickman Fire Hall.
During the next several months, debris from the old building was removed and much dirtwork was done to raise the site above the flood plain and also to ensure the proper compaction for the new building.
That spring was a very rainy one, which delayed some of the ground work.
At one point, the hole of the previous community center filled with water, which led to someone posting a sign about it being the future swimming pool for Hickman.
Finally, on Oct. 29, 2015, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Hickman Community Center. At the time, Randy Rogge of Rogge Construction had hoped that construction would take about 12 months depending on the weather and other factors.
During the past 18 months, various subcontractors and crews have slowly laid the foundation, built the shell and completed all the work on the project.
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