The city of Port Neches held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon inviting the community in for a tour of the new city hall building. Mayor, Glenn Johnson tells 12 News HD, the new facility was constructed to withstand a hurricane, giving it the ability to serve the city in three functions: as city hall, a central dispatch center and, in case of a mass emergency, like a hurricane, city council chambers will serve as the emergency operations center.
The than 11,400 square foot building was built to be a safe place during a hurricane with the ability to withstand wind speeds of 153 miles per hour. Officials say the building on Merriman Street is eight feet off the ground, has backup generators and shutters for all windows. It has state of the art high tech capabilities to ensure the city emergency command center stays up and operational during emergency situations. Mayor Glenn Johnson tells 12 News HD, this building is an investment in the city, "The citizens of Port Neches deserve that new city hall and we are proud for the city. This city hall is an investment for the next 75 years and it will serves us well."
The building also houses the central dispatch center for 911 calls. The design and construction process began back in 2005. And was built with funds from a $2.6 million grant the city received from the Coast Guard.
Thursday afternoon city officials held their first city council meeting in the new facility.
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