The multi-million dollar renovation to Meridian City Hall has been complete for a couple of weeks. The ribbon was cut and the public got a chance to come and see it during an open house a couple of weeks ago.
But now, the employees are back and business has begun again, five years after it was closed.
It's a day that city employees in Meridian have long awaited, when they could move back into the city hall. the same is true for Mayor Cheri Barry, who was elected after the renovations began and has never actually gotten to work in the mayor's office.
Barry admits that it's a little bittersweet.
"This building is so large and so majestic and so beautiful that I don't have that opportunity to mingle with my employees as much as I did," said Barry.
It's an especially exciting day for many of the longtime employees who remember what city hall was like and marvel at what it looks like now.
But the excitement of the move is tempered by the fact that there's still a lot of work to do. Employees spent the day unpacking their stuff and getting it in place, in addition to their normal duties.
"There are some little adjustments we have to make, because nothing goes totally according to plan," said City Clerk Ed Skipper. "So we're making those adjustments as we move equipment back in and so forth."
Despite some mixed feelings about the move itself, Barry says the renovated city hall will be a great thing for the city and her office will be a place where she can do the work she needs to grow Meridian.
"It is the foundation we're going to build on in Meridian, Mississippi," Barry said. "I can look out the mayor's window and see the dreams of our future, and a great future for Meridainites and our citizens."
Here are where you can find a couple of things you might need if you visit the new city hall. To pay your water bill, go to the second floor. That's also where the mayor's office is. The new city council chambers is located on the third floor.