San Jon officials gathered at the site of their planned 2,000-square-foot village hall Tuesday evening for the official groundbreaking. Village officials had about $230,000 in grant money assembled in August to pay for the hall’s construction.
The state Legislature provided $140,000 and $80,000 came from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s community facilities program, according to Rosalie Rachor, the village’s administrative assistant.
In addition to the city hall, a 6,400-square-foot emergency services building will be constructed adjacent to the village hall. The emergency services building will provide garage space for two ambulances and storage space for the fire department as well as an emergency storm shelter for residents.
Village Administrator Bobbye Rose said the village hall and emergency services building should be completed in about five months and all of the grant money will be used in the construction.
“We’re really excited,” Rose said. “It will give us some storage space. RIght now we have stuff stored in three different buildings around town.”