The Laguna Niguel City Council's first meeting in its new home will be during Constitution Week, Sept. 17-23. But even when the national observance has passed, the Constitution will play a role at City Hall.
The preamble to the U.S. Constitution will be engraved in stone in the courtyard of the new building. And on the back wall of the council chambers will be the U.S. and state constitutions, said Councilwoman Linda Lindholm.
"We will have the Declaration of Independence and a picture of the signing of the Declaration,” she said. “I think it is very important to talk about our country’s history.”
Constitution Week is important, said Councilman Robert Ming, "because we need to make sure our young people, especially, focus on the Founding Fathers and the contributions they made to our country.”
The weeklong observance will lead up to the grand opening of City Hall, in mid-October. "Our local schools are an important part of that component,” said Councilman Paul Glaab.
City Hall will close Thursday, Aug. 25, for the move from 27841 La Paz Rd. to 31000 Crown Valley Pkwy.
The council members said they hope to open the doors to the new building to the public the following Monday, Sept.1, at noon.
The grand opening will take place Saturday, Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Those attending the event will be able to view historical photos in the council chambers. "Ben Franklin" will hand out copies of the Constitution in front of the Preamble display.