City employees move back into City Hall - WNEM TV 5

City employees move back into City Hall

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The moving truck in front of Bay City City Hall on Friday morning. The moving truck in front of Bay City City Hall on Friday morning.

Bay City city employees are moving back into their old digs after they were forced out of the historic building more than three years ago due to a fire. 

On Friday, movers started the process of getting everyone back into city hall. 

"It's been a family experience, but we're happy to get back home," said Acting City Manager Dana Muscott.

Shortly after 8:30 a.m., moving crews began unpacking their dollies and other items to move office materials back into the Bay City City Hall. All the office items were taken out three years ago -- desks, chairs, you name it. 

Muscott was there, and she can't wait to get back to her old office. "Actually, our employees woke up this morning thinking it was Christmas morning because we're actually getting back into our home," she said.

A roof fire in October of 2010 started all the problems at City Hall. Most of the damage was caused by water when the building sprinkler system was set off. It costs more than $10 million to make all the necessary repairs. 

It could take four to five days to complete the move, which means you'll have to wait until next Wednesday if you want to do business with the city, such as making a utility payment in person, apply for a building permit or a license.

TV5 tried to take our cameras inside the building to give you a sneak peak of how it looks, but the public is not allowed inside until next week. City officials promise that you will be impressed. 

"We've learned a lot about each other, we're learning to work together, we've learned what other people do in their offices because in city hall we usually work in separate offices," said Muscott.

There will be an official open house at City Hall at the end of January.

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