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Camanche

March 10, 2014

City Hall floor plan approved

CAMANCHE — City leaders are one step closer to calling the former Camanche Pharmacy home after approving a floor plan for the new City Hall renovation project.

But, as history has shown, reaching an agreement on the City Hall prospects has been an issue for the Camanche City Council and last week’s decision to approve a floor plan yielded the same results.

Disagreement between two distinct design plans held up the conversation. However, Mayor Ken Fahlbeck pushed the group to come to a consensus.

“In order to move forward, the council’s already approved it to go out to bid at our last meeting and the reason for discussing this floor plan is to put it out for bid,” Fahlbeck said.

Each councilman had preferences to one plan over the other, and some showed complete indifference to which design was approved.

Councilman Marvin Lind reluctantly voted for the favored plan because of his disagreement with the decision to use the Camanche Pharmacy to house City Hall over a proposal he introduced for building a new City Hall location.

“I don’t care either way, they can do whatever they want with it,” Lind said.

However, with his affirmative vote, the preferred plan which arranges the council chambers, consisting of an approximate 45 person capacity, in the front of the building, passed unanimously.

Also discussed on Tuesday after the vote had concluded was the city’s intent with the two vacant commercial lots adjacent to the property.

Councilman Bill Wruck introduced the conversation stating that little had been done since the city purchased the property in November 2013.

“What do we have to do to move forward to get the vacant lots behind the pharmacy appraised to possibly put them up for sale?” he asked.

Agreeing with Wruck’s suggestion, the council decided to carry the topic over to the next meeting for an approval of a property appraisal as the first step in attempting to sell the two lots.

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