Town offices to be closed during weeklong transition
If all goes well, the Town of Twisp staff will begin moving into the new Twisp civic building and regional communication center on Glover Street this week.
Mayor Soo Ing-Moody said Monday (July 18) that a final construction inspection was scheduled for Wednesday (July 20). If the building passes inspection, move-in will start as early as Thursday (July 21) and continue through next week.
Although Twisp town offices will be closed if the anticipated move-in to the new civic building starts this week, town officials will be checking emails — although they may not be able to respond as promptly as usual. The town’s Public Works Department, which operates out of a separate building, will be accessible by phone and email.
Check the town’s website, www.townoftwisp.com, for information about email addresses including the mayor and town employees.
Police emergency calls should continue to be directed to 911.
Ing-Moody said the move will necessitate shutting down the temporary town offices a block away on East Second Avenue. Town employees will still be able to retrieve and respond to emails, she said, but there will be no walk-in traffic at either building. “We’ll respond as well as we can,” Ing-Moody said.
If the move-in goes smoothly, the new civic building should be open for business on Monday, Aug. 1, Ing-Moody said.
The mayor noted that while the interior will be ready for occupancy, much work remains to be done outside the building, including sidewalks and a plaza area on the south end of the civic center. There will be a way to access the building’s main entrance on Glover Street, she said.
If there are problems with Wednesday’s inspection, Ing-Moody said, the opening will be postponed until issues can be resolved. (For updates, see the Methow Valley News Facebook page later this week.)
“We ask for and appreciate everyone’s understanding and patience,” Ing-Moody said.
Earlier, Oct. 7 had tentatively been set as the date for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new building, by which time the exterior work is expected to be completed, Ing-Moody said.
Construction on the new building, which has been in the works for more than 10 years, began last year. It is on the site of the previous town hall, which was demolished.