The City of Claxton will have a new city hall by the beginning of the year.
Construction began last week to replace the building that has housed the mayor and city employees since the early 1960s.
A new building will sit next to the current building and will house the offices for the mayor, city manager, and the clerks who take utility bills from customers. It will also feature a new council room to replace the cramped space used now.
"We've run out of room for records, and this building needs lots of repairs," explained city manager Gayle Durrence.
The new building will also feature a larger parking area, wheelchair accessiblity, and a drive thru window for utility payments.
It will also allow them to upgrade and expand their computer network to make the city more efficient.
Durrences said the city has been saving funds for the project since paying off upgrades to the natural gas system and will pay for the building without financing the construction.
The current building also houses the city's police, fire, and water departments. Durrence said they'll eventually repair and renovate the current building to give those agencies more space.