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January 9, 2014

New plan presented for Camanche City Hall

CAMANCHE — City leaders may reconsider a $300,000 revitalization project that would relocate the city’s current headquarters to a building that used to house the Camanche Pharmacy on Seventh Avenue in Camanche.

During his first meeting as an elected official, Councilman Marvin Lind on Tuesday presented the council an alternative to renovating the recently purchased pharmacy building, a plan that has been in the works for more than three months.

“When I ran for this election I wasn’t for purchasing the pharmacy building,” Lind said. “When I got to thinking about it I hadn’t heard any other options as we’ve been going through this whole thing. So, I asked Troy Sachsenmaier, because I know he has a construction background and mechanical engineer, to help me come up with some different ideas, to see if we’re spending the taxpayers’ money wisely.”

Lind’s proposal came at a meeting that also required action on a budget amendment that would allow the city the authority to spend $375,000 on the building purchase and renovation costs, if needed.

Although the council did inevitably approve the budget amendment, it came with the stipulation that those monies would not be spent on renovation costs without the council’s approval, and an in-depth look at Lind’s alternative option for the city hall project.

“I think moving forward here, to summarize a little bit, I think we have another option now,” Mayor Ken Fahlbeck said. “If we take this home and look at it a little closer, I believe it’s fair to everybody to go home and look at it.”

The proposal presented an in-depth look at what it would take for the city to construct a new building for City Hall located next to the Camanche Fire Station and Camanche Police station, placing all essential city service offices in one centralized location on Washington Boulevard and Ninth Avenue.

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