ASHLAND, Ore -- On Tuesday, the measure for the Ashland City Hall Building did not pass.
The Mayor of Ashland says 25 to 26 years ago it was determined the city hall building did not meet the building codes to withstand an earthquake. "Somehow or other it hasn't gotten figured out what to do about it." said Mayor Stromberg.
The city tried to finance the building, but it did not pass in the election. At first, the mayor didn't know if people needed to be moved out of the building. "I was talking to the city attorney and he said no, absolutely not. The council has demonstrated clear, serious effort to solve the problem." said Mayor Stromberg.
The city now needs to decide what to do next with the building. "One option is to wait until the spring." said Mayor Stromberg. He says the work that has been done will still be valid and fresh in the spring. "If the economy starts to pick up again and people start to feel less threatened and the virus doesn't take off again, then maybe we bring it back in the spring." said Mayor Stromberg.
Almost 70 percent of people in Ashland did not vote for this measure. He believes some of it has to do with the coronavirus. "We got to the five yard line in terms of all the work that had to be done. We weren't able to push it across and we didn't want to push it across. We wanted everyone to willingly carry it across." said Mayor Stromberg.
As of right now there is nothing finalized for the city hall building.