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Camanche

January 9, 2014

New plan presented for Camanche City Hall

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It also broke down each projected cost to constructing a new building and compared those figures to what it would take the city to renovate the existing pharmacy building, making it suitable for a City Hall location.

According to Lind’s research and figures, the pharmacy renovation would cost the city approximately $391,680 which includes a $50,000 supplemental parking lot that city officials have not agreed to, and the property’s purchase price of $175,000.

If the city were to build new, Lind estimated those costs would reach $324,620 with a proposed allowance of $384,770, saving the city nearly $36,000.

“I’m not saying this is the best idea, maybe this isn’t the best idea. What I’m saying is we need to take a step back because when you look at this, nobody’s ever come out and said we’ve compared these kind of costs,” Lind said. “Do I want to take my tax dollars and put in to a 30-year-old building when I can build something new for almost the same costs?”

Councilman Trevor Willis praised Lind for the work he put into the new project proposal, but questioned it’s feasibility in the eyes of the city.

“We don’t know if we have another option. There are things that have not been addressed; right-of-ways, utilities, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. That will all have to be figured out and there are costs associated with figuring that out,” Willis said.

With the council’s acceptance of Fahlbeck’s suggestion to take a closer look at the proposal, plans to approve the pharmacy building layout design, which was also scheduled to take place at Tuesday’s meeting, has halted, putting city leaders once again in discussion about the future of a new Camanche City Hall.

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