Barling officially opened its new city hall Tuesday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Dozens of people gathered outside the building at 307 Fort St. on Tuesday afternoon for the event and open house event. After the ribbon was cut, guests were guided inside the building, where Barling City Administrator Mike Tanner first thanked the Barling board of directors for its support during the process to complete the project. He also thanked the architect for the project, A. Glen Sebourn, its contractor, Glidewell Construction, Inc., and the residents of Barling for their support and patience as the city transitioned to the new building.

"I'm glad it turned out so well, and I'm happy it's over with," Tanner said.

The new city hall property was previously the site of a First National Bank building that Barling acquired in March 2016, according to an article previously published in the Times Record. The renovation of the building began around February or March 2017.

Tanner said he believes the completion of the project was important to the city of Barling in that it now has, among other features, a dedicated district courtroom and a dedicated board room for the board of directors to meet and conduct city business.

"Where we were at was an auditorium where it was a community center/meeting board room, courtroom," Tanner said. "We were always having to take ... the tables down, the meeting places down, and get it ready for people renting that facility. This way, we have a dedicated area for court and for the board to meet."

The former city hall at 304 Church St. will be known as the public safety building, housing the Barling police and fire departments, a previous Times Record article states.

Tanner said the purchase of the new building and the renovation that followed all together cost about $900,000. A Barling board of directors meeting followed Tuesday's event at 5:30 p.m.