CITY CENTRE — Surrey isn't expected to hold a council meeting in the new $97-million city hall until 2014.
The City of Surrey's website has posted September as the targeted grand opening date, but Surrey's general manager of human resources Nicola Webb has said the building has always been scheduled for completion in fall 2013 - a much broader window.
Coun. Linda Hepner said while IT is in the building already, Surrey council will be thelast to make the move to its new digs.
"I think that probably over the next several weeks people will be moving in, but mayor and council, I believe, are the last to go. We're scheduled to go some time in December," Hepner said.
"We will, I expect, have our very first meeting in city hall in the new year."
Hepner said the new chamber "looks a little more grown up."
"It will accommodate if we ever got to the size that Vancouver has of 11 (council members)... And we'll be farther apart from each other," she said.
Hepner said the new council chambers will also be better technologically.
"The sound, the acoustics, the ability to control temperature and the comfort level for those in the gallery. It's slightly graduated. Your line of sight and your ability to connect with everybody in the room will be better."
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