Work is progressing to make Greencastle Borough Hall safer and more handicapped accessible.

In his report at Monday's borough council meeting, Eden Ratliff, borough manager, said the target for completion is late March.

In the meantime, borough boards and committees are meeting at the Rescue Hose Co. on South Washington Street and all office staff are housed in the council chambers at borough hall on North Washington Street. Beginning Monday, March 11, the lobby of the police department will be closed for about two weeks due to the construction.

At Monday's meeting, council approved three change orders, bringing the cost of the project to $254,246.22. The construction contract was awarded to Lobar Gordian and Lobar Associates in November.

The changes include $9,646,08 for brick veneer for the rear office wall. The intent had been to expose the brick of the original borough hall, but that has been marred by concrete blocks. The brick veneer will accent the original building and maintain its personality and character, Ratliff said.

Another change is $1,254.09 to add an exterior floodlight, in keeping with the safety aspect of the project. The entrance to borough hall is being moved to the east, where there formerly was an office. It will feature a secure, Americans With Disabilities Act vestibule, with a service window where staff will interact with the public. The window and wall in the police station also are being replaced with stronger materials.

The old entryway is being converted into a handicapped accessible bathroom with a door to the vestibule. The third change approved Monday night was $5,291.58 for an ADA compliant water cooler.