Sign for the times
Suwanee residents can autograph beam for clock tower of new City Hall

SUWANEE - Suwanee residents can leave their mark on their city - permanently.

The city is allowing its residents to sign a 5-foot steel beam that will be part of the new City Hall under construction.

The beam is going to be a piece of the clock tower that will top the building and be in view for passerbys to see.

"We thought it was a way to have our citizens get involved and get excited about the construction of the new City Hall," said Lynne DeWilde, public information officer for the city of Suwanee. "It will serve the citizens so we wanted them to have a chance to do something fun."

The former City Hall can no longer house its number of employees, some of whom work in three different locations because of the limited space. The new building, located in Town Center, will occupy an area of 23,600 square feet and house most of the staff. It will have a City Council chamber on the second floor and a glass front looking over the park, into which residents will be able to see the employees in action. The old City Hall will be transformed into a new police department facility.

The construction is expected to be finished early next year. Suwanee residents can come to the lobby of the current City Hall at 373 Buford Highway from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today to sign the beam. "There is plenty of space for more signatures," DeWilde said.