SEA ISLE CITY -- Engineers proposed building a $13.2 million new city hall in a presentation Tuesday morning.

The new structure will replace the current public safety building on JFK Boulevard, incorporating both city offices, the police department and the fire department.

The proposed four-story building was deemed necessary by City Council after the city's two current government complexes were both significantly damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

Tuesday's meeting was held in the city's modified elementary school, where city offices and police have been stationed since the storm. Officials said building a new city hall would be more efficient long-term than staying in the school or fixing the city's damaged current buildings.

Engineers said they have been planning this project for months, and had already been analyzing city facilities prior to Sandy. The old buildings were cramped and inefficient, with access and space limitations, engineers said.

City Administrator George Savastano said the administration will seek approval at the next council meeting to proceed with creating construction specifications and then seek bids on the work in or around October.

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