HEMINGWAY, S.C. -- The town of Hemingway moved into its new office in March. The office is next door to the former one at 108 S. Main St.

The bright teal-colored walls and well-lighted space are what are most noticeable when someone walks into the renovated building. The town hall includes two offices, two storage rooms, an information technology room, kitchen, restroom and a large open work area for the town clerk and utility billing clerk. Glass windows and a counter separate the foyer from the office space.

“It feels refreshing (to be in the new town hall),” said town clerk Samantha Lewis. “The colors are bright. It’s clean. It makes us feel better.”

Lewis said she worked in the former town hall for 12 years, and to get something fresh is nice.

Utility billing clerk Glenda Tanner said the town’s staff still has to decorate the new space. Many customers have wanted to know the name of the paint color used on the walls in the town hall. Tanner said the new town hall is located in what used to be the Powell’s Gift Shop building.

Once everything is moved into the new town hall, Hemingway Town Administrator Joe Lee said, renovations will start on the old building. And once it is complete, the Hemingway police chief and other administration personnel will move into the building. Tanner said that renovated space will include the same paint scheme and furniture as the new town hall.

Renovations began on the new town hall a little more than a year ago, Lee said. Both renovation projects were included in a bid of $450,000, but the price could end up being higher, he said.

Lee said he does not like a lot of change and got used to being in the former town hall. He said he basically “grew up” there because he’s worked there for a good number of years.

“Don’t get me wrong now, we like the building,” Lee said. “It’s a nice addition to Hemingway, because it not only gives us a new building, but we’re repurposing an old building. We’re doing two things at once.”

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