The Hico City Council received updates on two big projects during their regular meeting Monday night.

The reconstruction of City Hall has been under way since February, and the council took steps to prepare to accept bids for renovations to the interior of the building.

“It’s moving along pretty well,” said Councilman Bo McClammy. “The masonry work on the outside is done. We’re getting ready to start on the inside pretty soon.”

The City Hall, which has been in constant operation since 1903, is in need of a major renovation, including electrical work and structural reinforcements. City Hall will be gutted and completely renovated.

McClammy said the sheriff’s office would be the first portion of the building to receive a facelift. During the renovation, the department will be temporarily relocated to the library. The upstairs offices will also be renovated.

Bids will be opened during the April council meeting. The projects will cost an estimated $500,000.

The council also discussed the Safe Routes to School project.

The project is partially funded by the Texas Department of Transportation, with matching funds provided by the city, and will provide safe walking routes for Hico children to get to school.

McClammy said the state felt current routes did not use wide enough streets and suggested the city relocate the routes to Highway 281 and Highway 6. But the council did not feel these busy state highways were safe for area children, and submitted alternate routes to the state. The council is still waiting to hear if the state approves of the new routes.