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Canton City Hall reconstruction leaves reminders of the past

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Canton Progress Edition

Canton City Hall was remodeled this past year.. Photo by Morgan McManimon-Myers

Canton City Hall has a new look, thanks to the efforts of Canton’s City Council, city employees Lolly Melander (City Clerk/Treasurer) and Jon Nordsving (Public Works Director), and various local businesses over the course of last year. The project resulted in the installation of new walls, doors, and windows. It also involved a relocation of the entrance to the side of the building, plus the addition of a new office, storage space, furnace room, and a handicap-accessible public restroom.

The entire cost of the project was $69,000, a sum which included both materials and labor. “No public funds were ever used,” states Melander. “We had the liquor store CD and funds were taken from there. We only used one third of it (the CD), and the rest goes into general funds that the council can use at their discretion.”

The building has a long history. Following a fire in the 1800s, at which time it was rebuilt, the hall has since served a variety of purposes, including a liquor store, restaurant, and post office. During the remodeling process, it was of paramount importance to the city to preserve the historical aspects of the original structure. For this reason, pains were taken to clean and preserve the antique ceiling crown moulding visible in the original portion of the hall, which is now utilized as an open area meeting-space. Preservation of the decorative metal was undertaken by Russ’s Sandblast out of Caledonia. Future city councils of Canton can now gather below a reminder of their past. Another nod to the history of the town may be seen hanging above the city office counter. One can view a clock from the old Canton elementary building, adding a definite “old school” style to the interior décor of the hall.

Plans for reconstruction began in January of 2014, with the city council taking on tasks including passing approval of the project, choosing contractors and service providers, and discussing and selecting designs and materials. Construction began in June of 2014 and was completed in October of the same year. Melander reports the construction work was done by Chad Danielson and Dwayne Gilbertson of DJC Construction, who completed the labor mostly on the rainy days of the season.

Melander was impressed with the abilities of the contractors to turn the envisioned improvement and design ideas into three-dimensional structures, stating, “We had no blueprints or anything .....
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Canton makes progress of previous liquor store building

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Canton Progress Edition

In 2013 the City of Canton made a decision to retain ownership of the city’s municipal liquor store with plans to close the business and use the building for other purposes. The city’s plan was to liquidate the remaining inventory and renovate th ..... 
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