The dirt was flying last week at the future site of the new Teutopolis Village Hall.

A recent dry period produced hard digging conditions on Aug. 26 for Village Board members and employees next to the sidewalk along West Main Street. Yet, dry dirt is better than mud for those events. With a count to three, dirt was flying in the air during the official start to construction of the new Village Hall. The goal is to have the new building open for business early next year.

During the construction project, the Village Hall and police offices will be in the building standing just north of the old Village Hall site. A sign has been hung on the south side of the structure with the words "Village Hall." Village Board meetings will convene in Teutopolis American Legion Post 924, located on Plum Street north of the Veterans Memorial along West Main.

Demolition of the old Village Hall, built in the 1880s, was completed within hours on Aug. 18. As contractors did ground preparation for the new building, some artifacts have been unearthed around the old Hall site. Horseshoes are evidence of an old livery stable. A tiny teacup saucer might have come from an old hotel or home in that neighborhood. Of course, the old Village Hall housed firefighting equipment on the ground floor and the public building also hosted classes and movie showings.

The temporary Village Hall will have special hours while it is being used as the seat of Village government. The hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. The telephone number is still the same 857-3543.

Anyone interested in joining Village Government after the new Hall is completed next year, can pick up candidate petitions. The documents for Village President or Mayor and three Trustee positions must be filed from Nov. 16 to 23. These petitions are valid both for the February Village Primary Election, if needed, or the April 2021 general election. A certain number of candidates for different positions could require a Village Primary next year to whittle down the field for the April election.