WATERFORD -- Waterford became a city 44 years ago and has grown to house roughly 8,500 people. But it wasn't until this month that City Hall had a permanent home.
City officials have spent the past week or so moving from the portable building that's served as City Hall into the new digs at 101 E St.
"We're still doing a few remaining touch-up things, but looking good," City Manager Tim Ogden said in an email. "We finished day two of being open and the public reception has been very gratifying."
They are planning a grand opening party to coincide with the City Council's first "home" meeting Jan. 17 members have met at the city's community center.
The open house is planned from 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 17, with the City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. "Once the meeting starts, we'll break for a little ribbon cutting and speeches," Ogden said.
Officials tout the new building, which has been in the works for many years, as being built without any debt.
Plans eventually call for a streetscape work and a plaza, and a new police station. For now, Waterford Police Services provided through a contract with Stanislaus County will move into the former City Hall.