EDMOND — One of the biggest challenges to moving city offices from one building to another is staying open for business during the process.
“The key to the move is being able to keep the city's business going,” said Ross VanderHamm, city finance director. “We need to continue to do business. That is critical.”
Employees continued to move out of the administration building at 100 E First St. on Monday. The move to 7 N Broadway is expected to continue throughout the week.
The move is necessary because the administration building is being demolished to make room for a new public safety center.
People have to continue to pay their water bills, and city invoices must be paid on time.
Some employees loaded rolling carts with whatever they needed to get their jobs done this week.
“We are ready to get this done,” Sheila Briesch, a city account manager, said as she gathered her ivy plants from her old office and headed to her new “temporary” office. “We will now look for a permanent home.”
City officials have leased the downtown Hargrove building for the next five years. A permanent location for about 50 city employees has not been determined.
The move was delayed about three weeks while renovations at the new offices were completed.
A “final calendar” was scribbled on one of the walls at the administration building as employees kept track of when the move was supposed to happen and when it didn't.
Human resource employees were open for business Monday at 7 N Broadway.
When they moved Friday, employees left behind messages and pictures on the walls of the building that was a parking garage before it was renovated for city offices in 1979.
A game of tic-tac-toe was played on the wall, and a picture of a cat was drawn with a red marker. “It was fun!” and “You're going to miss us!” were written on the walls in fun as employees left what had been their office homes.
Holes were evident in the second-floor walls, thanks to the demolition companies that wanted to find out how big of a job it will be to tear down the building on the southeast corner of First Street and Littler Avenue.
The Humpty Dumpty statue that rested on a white brick wall outside the administration building already has been moved. The lighthearted piece of artwork, purchased by city employees, will be placed outside the new administration building at 7 N Broadway.
Finance and treasury departments were moving Monday. Payroll and purchasing will move Thursday.
People can pay their Edmond utility bills at the drive-thru at 100 E First St. until 5 p.m. Friday. Utility department employees will be the last ones to leave the old administration building.
“This is something we've been waiting for a long time,” VanderHamm said.