Meridian City Hall,
located in downtown Meridian, Idaho, celebrated its grand opening on November
21, 2008. It is a Silver LEED-certified three-story 100,000 square foot
building which serves as the hub of Meridian's municipal government and sets an
example of building to maximize functional efficiencies whiled reducing
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City Hall currently
houses City Departments,
including the Mayor and City Council Offices; City Attorney's Office; Planning
Department; Public Works Department; Parks & Recreation Department; City
Clerk's Office; Human Resources Department; Information Technology Department;
Fire Department Administration; and Financial Administration Department.
It serves as a convenient "one-stop-shop" for citizens seeking
services in the areas of:
Billing (water, sewer, trash)
Licenses and Permits
Special Event Permits
And Much More...
When faced with the need
for a new City Hall, a downtown location was chosen because the project would
complement Meridian's downtown plan, support the vision of downtown Meridian as
a designation, and acknowledge city government's role in promoting a vibrant
city center. Meridian City Hall was built with an eye to the future and should
be able to accommodate the needs of a city of 170,000 or more.
City Hall Plaza
The exterior of Meridian
City Hall was designed as a gathering place for residents and visitors, with a
spacious outdoor plaza and permanent amphitheater for outdoor seating and
public performances. Water features pay homage to the importance of creeks and
canal to Meridian's agricultural roots. A Heritage Pavilion, built of bricks
salvaged from the creamery that once occupied the land City Hall now occupies,
houses a time capsule to be opened far in the future. The plaza features
lighted pathways, an elegant antique-style clock, and public restroom
located throughout the plaza lend insight into Meridian's past, focusing on
four eras in Meridian’s history and the major components that influenced each
era: Irrigation, Village, Rail Transportation, and Creamery. Also included
is a panel regarding the Past, Present and Future.
Visitors who come inside
Meridian City Hall will notice a large metal sculpture hanging above the main
lobby. The sculptural design -- called "Origin" and created by local
artist Amber Conger -- is an abstract interpretation of antique surveying
equipment and mapping symbols, including elements of transits, scales, compass
rose, and a plumb-bob.
Initial Point Gallery
Additional artwork can
be viewed up on the third floor during City Hall's regular business hours in
Initial Point Gallery -- an elegant art display space maintained by the
Meridian Arts Commission. Rotating displays of juried works by local fine
artists can be viewed free of charge by the public any time City Hall is open.
To learn more about Initial Point Gallery or inquire about applying to be a
featured artist, please send an e-mail request to: MAC@meridiancity.org.
Meridian City Hall is
also home to the Meridian History Center, a volunteer-operated education center
and office where records, photographs, and memorabilia relating to Meridian's
rich history are maintained, displayed, and archived. The Meridian History Center
is located on the first floor of Meridian City Hall, just inside the main
entrance. This volunteer-run center maintains limited business hours. Please
call 489-0602 for hours and information.
Last but not least, visitors can enjoy our Little Free Library located
in Meridian City Hall's outdoor plaza near the gazebo. This is a community book
exchange box that operates on a "Take a Book; Return a Book"
basis. It is filled with books for all ages. Anyone who wishes to donate
book(s) for the Little Free Library can either place the books inside or drop
them off at the information desk inside Meridian City Hall's main lobby.
Questions about about the Little Free Library can be directed to its steward,
Shelly Houston of the Meridian Parks & Recreation Department at (208)
489-0531 or via e-mail sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
City Hall Tours
To request a tour of
City Hall, or to learn more about it, click here.