Wallace Township’s new township building should be completed next week, just in time for the township’s 150th anniversary year.
“They’re just about finished with it,” said Tom Lyons, the current township clerk and previous township supervisor. “It should be ready for a walk-through next week.”
Wallace Township has never had a town hall originally built for that purpose, he said.
Wallace Township originally was part of Dayton Township. It split off in 1868 when residents of the western part of Dayton Township were unhappy with a tax to build bridges along the Fox River.
The first supervisor was Michael Conway, an Irish immigrant with a 240-acre farm who arrived in La Salle County in 1852.
The new building is located adjacent to the current township building on North 33rd Road, which was purchased about 10 years ago, Lyons said. Previous to that, the township board met in the Wallace Grade School, he said.
The current town hall has become outdated, Lyons said.
Getting highway equipment in and out is a tight fit.
“You have to really be careful coming through the doors,” he said.
The new building, budgeted at $600,000 with a 10-year mortgage, has a footprint of roughly 60 by 100 feet, Lyons said.
The building’s three vehicle bays will accommodate the highway department's two trucks and road grader, as well as providing an improved shop area. There will be room for the township library and new offices will provide a welcome change, Lyons said.
“Right now, our office space is pretty crude,” he said.
There also may be rental possibilities.
“We discussed a little bit about doing rentals, like for baby showers or whatever,” Lyons said.
Additionally, he hopes the new township building will become a polling place.
Lyons said the building was constructed by local contractors with the Phalen Steel Construction Company, of Mendota, as the construction manager.
The current township building will be used for storage, Lyons said. Because it has asbestos materials it would be expensive to demolish, he said.
Lyons said a grand opening for the new building is being planned for early March.
“We want to give people a chance to come out and see it,” he said.