The Vincennes City Council has approved some much needed upgrades for two buildings, City Hall and The Police Department.
“This day and age we need to make sure that it’s accessible to everybody,” Joe Yochum said.
The 250 thousand dollar plans would add automatic doors, lower the counters, create a handicap accessible bathroom and meeting room.
And as the buildings get older, Major Joe Yochum says it’s important to maintain them.
“Vincennes is the oldest city in Indiana,” Yochum said. “You know anything that we have that is standing that is historic and we need to try our best to make sure that we keep things as close to original as can.”
The Vincennes Police Department was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior and The National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund in September.
And the city is matching the grant giving the department more than 24 thousand dollars.
“It’ll be a proactive grant rather than a reactive,” Assistant Police Chief Terry Johnson said.
They’ll be using it to prepare for future projects, like repairing the roof or fixing the foundation.
The department hopes by creating a timeline, and bringing in an architect to inspect the building, it will save them, In the long run.
“This buildings over a 100 years old,” Johnson said. “And for it’s age it’s in good shape. But we to make sure that the building remains in good shape so we can keep it as the police department. It’s our home. It’s where we want to be.”
Now both City Hall and The Police Department are currently receiving bids for the projects. And if all goes well city hall plans to have its project done by Spring of 2018.