The city of Rose City has come a long way since the city council met in people’s houses in the 1970s.

The city council and staff just completed their move this week into their new digs— a brand new brick city hall building. The structure cost around $450,0000 to build and was made possible through disaster recovery funding.

The building boasts an office for the city marshal, an office for the mayor and code enforcement officer, the council chambers that also serves as a municipal courtroom/court clerk office, a kitchen area and two restrooms — one even has a shower. The structure will also be a shelter of last resort for emergency situations.

The new city hall was built at an elevation of 12 feet to protect against storm surge. It also has emergency generators.

The original city hall was damaged by Hurricane Ike. City secretary Veronica Grant said construction started in May 2011, but it has been in the planning since Ike hit in 2008 and the city was operating out of a cramp mobile home.

“There was no room there (in the mobile home). It was disorganized. I’m glad to get back to being organized,” Grant said.